PAJAMA (PAUL CADMUS, JARED FRENCH AND MARGARET FRENCH) | SELECTED IMAGES
PAJAMA (PAUL CADMUS, JARED FRENCH AND MARGARET FRENCH) | SELECTED IMAGES
PAJAMA (PAUL CADMUS, JARED FRENCH AND MARGARET FRENCH) | SELECTED IMAGES
PAJAMA (PAUL CADMUS, JARED FRENCH AND MARGARET FRENCH) | SELECTED IMAGES
PAJAMA (PAUL CADMUS, JARED FRENCH AND MARGARET FRENCH) | SELECTED IMAGES
PAJAMA (PAUL CADMUS, JARED FRENCH AND MARGARET FRENCH) | SELECTED IMAGES
PAJAMA (PAUL CADMUS, JARED FRENCH AND MARGARET FRENCH) | SELECTED IMAGES
PAJAMA (PAUL CADMUS, JARED FRENCH AND MARGARET FRENCH) | SELECTED IMAGES
PAJAMA (PAUL CADMUS, JARED FRENCH AND MARGARET FRENCH) | SELECTED IMAGES
PAJAMA (PAUL CADMUS, JARED FRENCH AND MARGARET FRENCH) | SELECTED IMAGES
PAJAMA (PAUL CADMUS, JARED FRENCH AND MARGARET FRENCH) | SELECTED IMAGES
PAJAMA (PAUL CADMUS, JARED FRENCH AND MARGARET FRENCH) | SELECTED IMAGES
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PAJAMA (PAUL CADMUS, JARED FRENCH AND MARGARET FRENCH) | SELECTED IMAGES

Estimate: 15,000 - 25,000 USD

PAJAMA (PAUL CADMUS, JARED FRENCH AND MARGARET FRENCH) | SELECTED IMAGES

Estimate: 15,000 - 25,000 USD

Lot Sold:15,000USD

Lot Details

Description

PAJAMA (PAUL CADMUS, JARED FRENCH AND MARGARET FRENCH)

SELECTED IMAGES


a group of 10 photographs including portraits of Paul Cadmus, Jared French, Margaret French, Fidelma CadmusLincoln KirsteinGeorge Tooker, and others, most of them titled by Paul Cadmus in pencil and two with the 'Collection of Paul Cadmus' and 'Collection of Jon Anderson' stamps on the reverse, 1937-46 (10)

Various sizes to 6⅞ by 5¼ in. (17.5 by 13.3 cm.)

Condition Report

The photographs, on double-weight paper, are in generally good to very good condition. The following are present on some or all: age-appropriate silvering in the darkest areas of the images; a few soft handling creases; edge wear and minor chipping.


Additional notes are as follows:


'Margaret French, Nantucket,' c. 1945, 4 3/8 by 6 1/4 in.:

This print has an overall warm-tonality. There are two small matte pinpoint-sized deposits on the sitter's leg. This print is titled by Paul Cadmus in pencil on the reverse.


'Margaret French and Paul Cadmus, Provincetown,' 4 3/8 by 6 5/8 in.:

There are a few scattered, small yellow deposits of indeterminate nature, mainly in the right portion of the image, and a crease at lower right corner that does not appear to break the emulsion. It is titled by Paul Cadmus in pencil on the reverse. The following is written in pencil in unidentified hands on the reverse: 'K18' and '6429.' The print is hinged to a mount so the reverse could not be fully inspected.


Paul Cadmus, 'Margaret French and Fidelma Cadmus,' 1942, 4 1/2 by 6 1/2 in.:

This print is titled and dated by Paul Cadmus and annotated 'F14' in an unidentified hand in pencil on the reverse. The 'Collection of Paul Cadmus' and 'Collection of Jon Anderson' stamps are on the reverse. The print is hinged to a mount so the reverse could not be fully inspected.


Untitled [Unidentified sitter, possibly Margaret French, on the sand], c. 1945, 6 5/8 by 4 1/2 in.:

The print is hinged to a mount so the reverse could not be fully inspected.


'Paul Cadmus and George Tooker, Nantucket,' 1946 [SIZE]:

This print has an overall sepia tonality. A few small deposits of indeterminate nature are visible in the sky area. It is titled and dated by Paul Cadmus in pencil on the reverse. The following is written in pencil in unidentified hands on the reverse: 'P.C. by J.F. (?),' 'J3,' and 'PJM 11408.' The 'Collection of Paul Cadmus' and 'Collection of Jon Anderson' stamps are on the reverse.


'Jared French, Fire Island,' 1942, 4 3/8 by 6 1/2 in.:

The following are visible under close examination: a tiny deposit along the upper edge; and 2 small yellow deposits of indeterminate nature along the right edge. The print is slightly warm along the edges. It is titled by Paul Cadmus and annotated 'F14' in an unidentified hand, both in pencil on the reverse. The print is hinged to a mount so the reverse could not be fully inspected.


'Lincoln Kirstein and Paul Cadmus, Fire Island,' 4 1/4 by 6 1/2 in.:

This print has an overall warm tonality. The reverse is faintly age-darkened and faintly soiled. It is titled by Paul Cadmus and annotated 'Pete' in an unidentified hand, both in pencil on the reverse.


Untitled [probably Monroe Wheeler and Paul Cadmus], 6 7/8 by 5 1/4 in.:

There are a few small, sharp sharp creases along the edges and corners. The print is unevenly trimmed. The following is written in ink in an unidentified hand, likely Jared French, on the reverse: '4 [circled] by Jared French.'


Fidelma Cadmus, Fire Island, 1937, 3 1/8 by 4 3/8 in.:

This print is possibly ferrotyped. There is discoloration along the right corner. Upon close inspection, there is a small impression near the sitter's legs. The print is unevenly trimmed. In raking light, the following are visible: two sharp horizontal creases and a few small attendant ones, all of which appear to break the emulsion; fingerprints; and soiling, primarily in the lower left corner. There are impressions at each corner consistent with remnants of a former mount on the reverse. '24' is stamped in ink on the reverse.


'Jared French, Princetown,' 4 1/4 by 6 1/2 in.:

There is a small loss to the lower right corner. The print is slightly darker along the lower edge where it is covered by the mat. It is titled by Paul Cadmus in pencil on the reverse. The following is written in pencil in unidentified hands on the reverse: 'K18' and '6381.'


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.

Cataloguing

Provenance

Gift of Paul Cadmus to Jon Anderson 

Acquired from the above

Catalogue Note

The painter Paul Cadmus (1904-1999) and husband and wife artists Jared (1902-1989) and Margaret French (1906-1998) comprise the photographic collaborative known by their acronym, PaJaMa. Beginning in 1937, and over the course of nearly two decades, the three collectively staged photographs. Set against the backdrops of Fire Island, Provincetown, Nantucket, and Mulhocaway Farm, New Jersey, and partially inspired by Carl Jung’s collective unconscious, these images – often psychologically and sexually charged – sometimes served as studies for the artists’ subsequent paintings. 


As Cadmus years later recounted, 'After we'd been working most of the day, we'd go out late afternoons and take photographs when the light was best. They were just playthings. We would hand out these little photographs when we went to dinner parties, like playing cards' (Jerry Rosco, Glenway Wescott Personally: A Biography, p. 78). The group of 10 prints offered here comes originally from the collection of Jon Anderson, Paul Cadmus’ lover for his last 30 years. Extant photographs by PaJaMa are rare as they were printed and gifted sparingly. 

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