Ye olde San Francisco, 1855 or ‘56.
Six-part Panorama of San Francisco (+ details, including view down Stockton Street and Telegraph Hill and view of harbor with ships) from San Francisco Album: Photographs of the Most Beautiful Views and Public Buildings of San Francisco, 1855–56, attributed to Carleton Watkins, photographer, and G. R. Fardon, printer. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007.53.a–.f
Answering a question on our Facebook page: What’s the oldest photo of the Western hemisphere in the collection? Cataloguer Miriam Katz:
The oldest Western Hemisphere photograph in the Getty Museum’s collection is a daguerreotype of Washington Square, New York, taken in 1839. We also have a pair of salted paper print portraits taken by O.B. DeMorat of Philadelphia in the 1850s, and several landscape views of San Francisco around 1855–56. Our oldest South American photographs are daguerreotypes from Chile and Peru from roughly 1850–55.