- Ansel Adams
- 'WINTER - YOSEMITE' (ALDERS IN SNOW)
Sotheby's New York, 17 April 2002, Sale 7777, Lot 24
Collection of Margaret W. Weston
Sotheby's New York, Photographs from the Private Collection of Margaret W. Weston, 25 April 2007, Sale 8387, Lot 11
Andrea G. Stillman, ed., Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs (New York, 2007), p. 48
John Szarkowski, Ansel Adams at 100 (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2001), pl. 47
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It is believed that most of the photographs in the group were printed in the late 1930s. Winter - Yosemite is printed on lustrous double-weight paper and mounted on white Bristol board, which has a slick white clay or baryta coating on its front and a matte surface on the reverse. The label is one designed by Lawton Kennedy for Adams's 1936 exhibition at Alfred Stieglitz's American Place gallery in New York.
This print was in gallerist Maggi Weston's collection and was sold in these rooms on 25 April 2007. From her earliest days as a gallery director, she was drawn not only to Ansel Adams's well-known images, but also to his earliest—and lesser-known—work. Usually small in format, perhaps in ways more subtle, and above all scarce, these early prints convey a different side of the photographer (see also Lots 2 and 11).