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Ansel Adams

'Parmelian Prints of The High Sierras'

Estimate:

50,000

to
- 70,000 USD

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams

'Parmelian Prints of The High Sierras'

'Parmelian Prints of The High Sierras'

Estimate:

50,000

to
- 70,000 USD

Lot sold:

56,700

USD

Ansel Adams

1902 - 1984

'Parmelian Prints of The High Sierras'


(San Francisco: Jean Chambers Moore, 1927, an edition of 150), a portfolio of 18 gelatin silver prints, each signed 'A. E. Adams' or 'Ansel E. Adams' in pencil and with the letterpress title in the margin, in individual letterpress title wrappers, 9 framed, 1920s, printed in 1927; together with the letterpress title, colophon, dedication to Albert M. Bender, and plate list. Small folio, modern gilt-lettered black cloth portfolio with gold silk lining, one of a projected edition of 150 of which approximately 75 sets were completed

images: each approximately 8 by 6 in. (20 by 15.2 cm.) or the reverse

frames: each 19 by 23 in. (48.3 by 58.4 cm.) or the reverse

These Parmelian prints are in generally excellent condition. Given the onion-skin-like texture of the paper on which Adams printed these works, some sheets are slightly bowed or gently rippled at the margin edges.


Specific notes are as follows:


Sierra Junipers: Unframed.


The Abode of Snow: Unframed.


Monolith, The Face of Half Dome: There is a tiny deposit of original retouching in the upper right quadrant. Framed.


From Glacier Point: Framed.


On the Heights: There is a deposit of original retouching at the center right. There is a crease in the lower right margin. Framed.


A Grove of Tamarack Pine: There is a deposit of original retouching at the center right. Framed.


Mount Galen Clark: There is a very faint fox mark in the lower left corner. Framed.


Mount Clarence King. Unframed.


Roaring River Falls: The margin is somewhat darker where it has been covered by a window mat. Framed.


Marion Lake: There are 2 pinpoint-sized areas of discoloration in the margin. Unframed.


El Capitan: Framed.


Banner Peak - Thousand Island Lake: Framed


Mount Brewer: The edge of the paper is slightly sunned. There is a 1/4-inch linear smudge near the upper right margin edge. On the reverse, there is a small smudge. Unframed.


Kearsarge Pinnacles: Faint silvering is visible in raking light. Framed.


The Sentinel: Unframed.


Lower Paradise Valley: Unframed.


East Vidette: There is very faint silvering at the lower left corner. Unframed.


Cloud and Mountain: There are 3 small areas of original retouching at the right side of the image. Unframed.


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.

Robert Mann Gallery, New York, 2006, Andrew Smith Gallery, Santa Fe, as agent
Rebecca A. Senf, Making a Photographer: The Early Work of Ansel Adams (New Haven, 2020), fig. 2.3
A GROVE OF TAMARACK PINE:

Salem, Peabody Essex Museum, Ansel Adams: At the Water’s Edge, June – October 2012

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

Lubbock, Texas Tech University, Ansel Adams: American Master, Selections from the David H. Arrington Collection, August 2015 – January 2016

BANNER PEAK and MONOLITH:

Lubbock, Texas Tech University, Ansel Adams: American Master, Selections from the David H. Arrington Collection, August 2015 – January 2016