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Ansel Adams

The Sierra Club Outing, 1929

Estimate:

50,000

to
- 70,000 USD

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams

The Sierra Club Outing, 1929

The Sierra Club Outing, 1929

Estimate:

50,000

to
- 70,000 USD

Lot sold:

56,700

USD

Ansel Adams

1902 - 1984

The Sierra Club Outing, 1929


(San Francisco: self-published, 1929, an edition of 25), a portfolio of 25 gelatin silver prints, each signed ‘Ansel E. Adams’ and numbered sequentially in pencil in the margin, 16 framed, 1929, Small folio, green linen portfolio with flaps and ties, no. 20 in a total edition of 25

Each image approximately: 7 5/8 by 5 7/8 in. (19.4 by 14.9 cm.) or the reverse

The largest frame: 19 by 23 in. (48.3 by 58.4 cm.) or the reverse

These Parmelian Prints are in generally excellent condition and exceptionally clean. The following are visible on some of the plates: age-darkening along the margin edges, a few scattered tiny foxmarks not affecting the images, bumped corners, and very faint soiling on the reverse.


The portfolio case is discolored and soiled along the edges. There is foxing on the back cover. The linen ties are discolored.


Specific notes are as follows:


1. The lower left margin corner is softly creased. Unframed.

2. 'AA/1498ab' is written in pencil in an unidentified hand on the reverse. Unframed.

3. The lower margin edge is faintly soiled. 'AA/1498ac' is written in pencil in an unidentified hand on the reverse. Framed.

4. The margin is slightly lighter at the periphery of the image. Framed.

5. 'AA/1498ae' is written in pencil in an unidentified hand on the reverse. The margin is slightly darker in a thin band around at the periphery of the image. Framed.

6. 'AA/1498aw' is written in pencil in an unidentified hand on the reverse. Unframed.

7. 'AA/1498ag' is written in pencil in an unidentified hand on the reverse. Unframed.

8. 'AA/1498ah' is written in pencil in an unidentified hand on the reverse. Unframed.

9. 'AA/1498ai' is written in pencil in an unidentified hand on the reverse. Unframed.

10. 'AA/1498aj' is written in pencil in an unidentified hand on the reverse. Framed.

11. The margins are unevenly darkened. 'AA/1498ak' is written in pencil in an unidentified hand on the reverse. Framed.

12. The margins are unevenly stained, possibly from liquid droplets, affecting the image only at the extreme upper left edge. 'AA/1498al' is written in pencil in an unidentified hand on the reverse. Unframed.

13. 'AA/1498am' is written in pencil in an unidentified hand on the reverse. Unframed.

14. Framed.

15. The margin is slightly lighter at at the periphery of the image. 'AA/1498ae' is written in pencil in an unidentified hand on the reverse. Framed.

17. The margins are unevenly darkened. Framed.

18. 'AA/1498ar' is written in pencil in an unidentified hand on the reverse. Unframed.

19. The margin is slightly lighter in a thin band around around the periphery of the image. Framed.

21. 'AA/1498au (21)' is written in pencil in an unidentified hand on the reverse. Framed.

22. 'AA/1498av' is written in pencil in an unidentified hand on the reverse. Unframed.

23. 'AA/1498ao' is written in pencil in an unidentified hand on the reverse. Framed.

24: There is a long horizontal line under the image in the margin that appears slightly glossy in raking light. Framed.

25. The margin is slightly lighter at the periphery of the image. Framed.


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.

Please note, the stamped leather title is not present on the spine.
The photographer to William Seymour, Sierra Club member, 1929

By descent in family

G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, 2006, Andrew Smith Gallery, Santa Fe, as agent

Ansel Adams in the Lane Collection, pls. 14 and 82 
ASCENDING BANNER PEAK and SIERRA CLUB COMMISSARY:

Santa Fe, The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities, May – September 2008, and traveling thereafter to The Norton Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum

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

MONOLITH:

Indianapolis, The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Ansel Adams, March – August 2014

RAINBOW FALLS:

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

SEVEN GABLES, DEVIL'S POSTPILE, MINARETS-ICEBERG LAKE, RAINBOW FALLS, MOUNT CLARK-ECHO RIDGE, and MOUNT CONNESS-TENAYA LAKE:

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

In Ansel Adams in the Lane Collection, Rebecca Senf notes that the 1929 Sierra Club portfolio includes several images from previously made negatives as the outing covered territory he had already photographed. Four images also included in Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras [see Lot 91] were revisited and featured.


Extant, intact sets for The Sierra Club Outing 1929 are rare. At the time of this writing, only three other sets are believed to have come to market in nearly three decades.