1902 - 1984
Helmet Rock, Near Lands End
warm-toned gelatin silver print, mounted to white card, mounted again to charcoal paper, in the original Vickery, Atkins & Torrey, San Francisco, frame, circa 1918; accompanied by the original paper backing with framer's label and a certificate of provenance, signed by Michael and Jeanne Adams (3)
image: 5 3/4 by 7 3/4 in. (14.6 by 19.7 cm.)
frame: 9 1/4 by 11 3/4 in. (23.5 by 29.8 cm.)
This print, on nearly matte paper with a subtle texture and sealed within it's original Vickery, Atkins & Torrey frame, is in generally excellent condition. There are some tiny deposits of original retouching in the lower right quadrant.
'1097' is written in an unidentified hand in pencil on the Vickery, Atkins & Torrey label.
When examined under ultraviolet light, this print does not appear to fluoresce.
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By descent to Michael and Jeanne Adams, 1980s
Acquired from the above, 2007
Greenwich, The Royal Museums Greenwich, Photography From the Mountains to the Sea, November 2012 – April 2013, and traveling thereafter to the Australian National
Greenwich, The Royal Museums Greenwich, Photography From the Mountains to the Sea, November 2012 – April 2013, and traveling thereafter to:
Sydney, Australian National Maritime Museum, July – December 2013
Santa Fe, The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities, May – September 2008; traveling thereafter to The Norton Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Vickery, Atkins & Torrey opened in San Francisco on Grant Avenue in 1888. After its first location was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake, the firm relocated to 550 Sutter Street. While the gallery primarily showed etchings and paintings, including Duchamp's Nu descendant un escalier n° 2, it also highlighted the work of local photographers Edward Weston, Arnold Genthe, and Ansel Adams.
Another early print of this image is in the Ansel Adams archive at the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona.