'ASPENS, NORTHERN NEW MEXICO'
mounted, signed in pencil on the mount, signed, titled, and dated in ink and with the photographer's studio stamp (BMFA 7) on the reverse, 1958, probably printed between 1963 and 1973 (400 Photographs, cover and p. 375)
15⅜ by 19½ in. (39.1 by 49.5)
This photograph is in generally excellent condition. Upon close examination in raking light, the following are visible: a few scattered pin-point-sized deposits of original retouching; a tiny deposit of indeterminate nature in the center portion of the image; and some pin-point-sized impressions in the upper left portion of the image, which do not appear to break the emulsion. The lower right corner of the print is very gently bumped.
On the reverse of the mount, there are two hinge remnants along the upper edge and two tape remnants along the left and right edges. There is a thin, band of yellowed adhesive residue along the edges.
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. Our dating of this print is based upon the authors' assessment of the use dates of stamp 7 on the reverse of the mount: 1963 through 1973.
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