LEWIS W. HINE
AUTOMOBILE TIRE MAKER
oversized, warm-toned, annotated 'Photograph by Lewis W. Hine, Hastings-on-Hudson, N. Y.' in ink on the reverse, circa 1930 (Men at Work, unpaginated)
16 by 20 in. (40.6 by 51 cm.)
This early, large-format print on double-weight paper with an eggshell texture, is in generally very good to excellent condition. It is pleasingly warm-toned and displays impressive detail and tonal range. The photograph is printed to the edges, and there is very minor wear to the edges and corners. Under close inspection in raking light, the following are visible: a few deposits of original retouching at the center left and a very small area of silvering along the lower left edge. The extreme right side appears very slightly more yellow-brown.
The reverse of the print is soiled overall. There are several old tape remnants at the edges. These minor condition issues do not detract from the overall fine appearance of this early print.
When examined under ultraviolet light, this photograph does not appear to fluoresce.
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.
This photograph was originally from the collection of Allen H. Eaton, a trustee of New York's Ethical Culture School, and an employee of the Russell Sage Foundation, where Hine had an important exhibition of his photographs in 1929.