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BONESTELL, CHESLEY; ADAMS, ANSEL
PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT OF CHESLEY BONESTELL BY ANSEL ADAMS, CA. 1980, SIGNED BY BOTH BONESTELL AND ADAMS, WITH A TYPED LETTER SIGNED FROM ADAMS TO FREDERICK C DURANT III, 19 DECEMBER, 1983.
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6,0008,000
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BONESTELL, CHESLEY; ADAMS, ANSEL
PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT OF CHESLEY BONESTELL BY ANSEL ADAMS, CA. 1980, SIGNED BY BOTH BONESTELL AND ADAMS, WITH A TYPED LETTER SIGNED FROM ADAMS TO FREDERICK C DURANT III, 19 DECEMBER, 1983.
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6,0008,000
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BONESTELL, CHESLEY; ADAMS, ANSEL
PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT OF CHESLEY BONESTELL BY ANSEL ADAMS, CA. 1980, SIGNED BY BOTH BONESTELL AND ADAMS, WITH A TYPED LETTER SIGNED FROM ADAMS TO FREDERICK C DURANT III, 19 DECEMBER, 1983.
Large silver gelatin print photograph (10 x 13 1/2 in.) mounted, mount signed & inscribed lower left "To Bill Estler... at his suggestion!!!? Chesley" and at lower right "Ansel Adams". Matted, glazed and framed to 17 1/2 x 21 1/4 in. 

WITH: ADAMS, ANSEL. Typed letter signed ("Ansel Adams") to Frederick C. Durant III, 19 December, 1983. 1 page (215 x 280 mm) on Ansel Adams' letterhead with red & black monogram, discussing the publication of this portrait in Durant & Miller's book The Art of Chesley Bonestell.


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Provenance

Ex Collection of Frederick C Durant, III, by descent from Bill Estler. To Bill Estler from Chesley Bonestell.

Literature

Illustrated in: Ron Miller & Fredrick C. Durant III. The Art of Chesley Bonestell, pp 98-99

Catalogue Note

THE ICONIC PORTRAIT OF THE FATHER OF SPACE ART. A classic image, signed by Ansel Adams, and then inscribed and given as a gift by Bonestell to Bill Estler, a close friend and curator of Bonestell's work. The letter from Ansel Adams to Frederick C. Durant III, the conservator of Bonestell's estate, in full:

"Dear Mr. Durant.

I am deeply appreciative of the handsome book on Chesley Bonestell's art which arrived a few days ago. I am proud to have my portrait of Chesley therein! It is a thrilling and timeless work and you and he are to be congratulated! 

My best wishes,

Ansel Adams"

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