This print is in generally very good condition. Deposits of original retouching are visible when it is examined in raking light. There is a linen tape remnant along the upper edge of the mount. There is some scattered foxing on the front and reverse of the mount.
On the reverse of the mount, along the edges, are tape remnants and some adherent soiling. '18424' is written in an unidentified hand on the reverse.
While this print is dated 'c. 1935,' the book '400 Photographs' correctly dates this image circa 1932.
Although Karen Haas's and Rebecca Senf's book, 'Ansel Adams in the Lane Collection,' publishes the most comprehensive list to date of the studio stamps and labels Adams used throughout his career, the Carmel studio stamp on the reverse of the present mount is not included. The stamp, similar to BMFA 11, but with the zip code '93923,' is dated with both the negative and printing dates (in this case, circa 1935 and Jan. 1979, respectively) in an unidentified hand in ink.
The specific print date for this photograph was confirmed by Ansel Adams authority Andrea Stillman. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.