Lone Rock with Canoe, Wisconsin Dells
Lone Rock with Canoe, Wisconsin Dells, ca. 1890s–1908
Gelatin silver printing-out paper print
15 1/8 × 20 1/4 in. (38.42 × 51.44 cm)
Gift of H. H. Bennett Studio Foundation, Inc. M1993.118
Photo credit: Larry Sanders
Born and raised in Vermont, H. H. Bennett moved to Kilbourn City, Wisconsin, in 1857 to make a new life for himself and his family in the rapidly developing Midwest. He originally worked as a carpenter, but an injury during his service in the Civil War forced him to find an alternative career after hostilities ceased. He bought a photography studio and stereographic equipment in 1865 and, by the 1870s, had a lively business producing single views and stereographic cards for the burgeoning Wisconsin Dells tourist trade. This photograph amply demonstrates his skill in composing scenes that emphasize nature's imposing majesty while advertising the terrain's availability for traversal by visitors, suggested here by the picturesquely placed canoe.
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