'THE GRAND TETONS AND THE SNAKE RIVER, GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING'
mounted, signed in pencil on the mount, the photographer's Carmel studio stamp (BMFA 11), with title and date in ink, on the reverse, framed, 1942, probably printed between 1973 and 1977 (400 Photographs, cover and p. 205)
15½ by 19 in. (39.4 by 48.3 cm.)
This print is in generally excellent condition. When examined very closely in high raking light, scattered tiny deposits of original retouching are visible; one small deposit, in the upper left quadrant, may have shifted slightly to blue. The lower left corner is ever-so-slightly bumped.
'NOT FOR SALE' is written in an unidentified hand in ink on the reverse of the mount. There are tape remnants along the upper and lower edges on the reverse.
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 11 on the reverse of the mount: 1973 through 1977.
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Collection of the Polaroid Corporation
Sotheby's New York, Photographs from the Polaroid Collection, 22 June 2010, Sale 8649, Lot 243