'Boards and Thistles'
25,000 - 35,000 USD
1902 - 1984
'Boards and Thistles'
gelatin silver print, flush-mounted, mounted again, signed in pencil on the mount, titled and annotated '25.00' in pencil on the reverse, framed, 1932
image: 9 1/4 by 6 1/2 in. (23.5 by 16.5 cm.)
frame: 23 by 18 3/4 in. (58.4 by 47.6 cm.)
This early print, with a slight sheen, is flush-mounted and mounted again to slick white board. It is in generally excellent condition. There are a few deposits of original retouching. The mount is appropriately age-darkened at the edges, not affecting the photograph. The mount corners are bumped, with the upper paper-ply peeling somewhat.
The following are on the reverse: darkened edges; faint soiling, including a rectangular area corresponding to the print placement on the other side; and small abrasions that may correspond to the placement of previous hanging tabs. The following are in an unidentified hand in pencil: '683.039b'; 'Ansel Adams'; 'AA/1714'; and 'B9272-24/23+1.'
When examined under ultraviolet light, this print does not appear to fluoresce.
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Sotheby’s New York, Photographs from The Museum of Modern Art, 25 April 2001, Sale 7632, Lot 184
Paul M. Hertzmann, Inc., San Francisco
Weston Gallery, Carmel-by-the-Sea, 2006, Andrew Smith Gallery, Santa Fe, as agent
John Szarkowski, The Portfolios of Ansel Adams (Boston, 1977), p. 113
Ansel Adams, The Camera (Boston, 1980), fig. 9-9
Ansel Adams, Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs (Boston, 1983), p. 28
Mary Street Alinder and Andrea Gray Stillman, Ansel Adams: Letters and Images 1916-1984 (Boston, 1988), p. 65
Jill Quasha, The Quillan Collection of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Photographs (New York, 1991), pl. 52
John P. Schaefer, The Ansel Adams Guide Book 1: Basic Techniques of Photography (Boston, 1992), p. 93
Andrea Gray Stillman, ed., Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs (New York, 2007), p. 63
Mary Street Alinder, Group f.64 (New York, 2014), fig. 70