Court of the Patriarchs, Zion National Park
This Autochrome was taken by Fred Payne Clatworthy (1875-1953) in 1922 at Zion Canyon National Park in Utah. The image depicts two sandstone rock formations that are part of a geological group known as the Court of the Patriarchs (alternatively as "Three Sisters"). The Patriarchs are three neighboring sandstone peaks on the west side of Zion Canyon in the park. Each is named after biblical fathers. From left to right (south to north) they are Abraham Peak, Isaac Peak, and Jacob Peak. Only Abraham (left) and Issac Peaks (right) are visible in this image. Arid trees are visible in the foreground of the image. Short, stubbly grass grows on the lower slopes of Issac Peak.
Fred Payne Clatworthy was a photographer and public lecturer who worked mostly out of Estes Park, Colorado during the first half of the twentieth century. Clatworthy was known for his mastery of the Autochrome screen plate, an early color photography format. In exchange for image use rights to Clatworthy's Autochromes, railways and transportation companies often sent him on all-expenses-paid photo assignments to various locations. In addition, approximately 100 of Clatworthy's Autochromes appeared in the pages of National Geographic Magazine between 1923 and 1934. From 1917 to 1934, Clatworthy regularly toured the United States, presenting Autochromes to the public in slide lectures. Some of his most notable venues included the Smithsonian Institution, the Field Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, and Carnegie Museum. Between Clatworthy’s lectures and published images, his work was seen by over ten million people in over 160 countries. Clatworthy also served as the official photographer for the Stanley Hotel, Covenant Heights, and the Rocky Mountain Young Men's Christian Association during the early half of the twentieth century. In addition to his photography work, Clatworthy also had several business interests in the Estes Park area including "Ye Littel Shop,," a curio store that sold furniture, produce, Kodak cameras, film, and Clatworthy’s own images of the area. This image is part of the Fred Payne Clatworthy collection (Ph.00560). This image is a digital surrogate; appearance of original object may vary.
Donated by Barbara Clatworthy Gish, 1996.