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Edward Weston
'JOHNNY'
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 22,500 USD
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25
Edward Weston
'JOHNNY'
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 22,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Edward Weston
1886-1958
'JOHNNY'
mounted, initialed, dated, and inscribed with a copyright symbol in pencil on the mount, signed, titled, dated, numbered 'C44-CTS-4,' and inscribed with a copyright symbol in pencil on the reverse, 1944
7 1/2  by 9 1/2  in. (19.1 by 24.1 cm.)
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Provenance

The photographer to Jean Kellogg, Carmel

Gift from the above, circa 1950s, and thence by descent to the present owner, late 1970s

Literature

Conger 1735

Edward Weston and Charis Wilson, The Cats of Wildcat Hill (New York, 1947), p. 43

Jennifer A. Watts, ed., Edward Weston, A Legacy (Los Angeles: The Huntington Library, 2003), p. 24

Catalogue Note

Weston considered this picture of ‘Kitty John in Panther Pose on driftwood stump’ his best cat portrait.  A print of it was included in Weston’s 1946 retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art and it was one of 18 cat portraits published the following year in The Cats of Wildcat Hill.  When Minor White suggested in an essay that Weston must have 'terrorized' Johnny to get this result, Weston responded, '[Johnny]. . . my pet cat who worshipped me.  By no stretch of the imagination could his alert exhibitionism be construed as terror' (quoted in Conger 1735). 

This photograph comes originally from the collection of painter and printmaker Jean Kellogg (1910-1995).  As part of Weston's artistic circle in the 1930s and 1940s, Kellogg posed for portraits by Weston's lover Sonya Noskowiak and appeared in several photographs by Weston.  As a sign of affection for Kellogg, Weston named another one of his cats, Kelly, for her. 

Photographs

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