Property from an Important Private Collection, Sold to Benefit The Asia Foundation
FRAYNE WILLIAMS (AS 'ANATOL')
palladium print, tipped to a buff mount, signed in pencil on the mount, framed, a Michael Shapiro Photographs label on the reverse, 1920
9½ by 7¼ in. (24.1 by 18.4 cm.)
This palladium print is in generally excellent condition. Upon examination, there is a 1/2-inch soft crease and a very small (1/8-inch diameter) waterstain to the left of the sitter's hat. The print has rich tones which range from soft charcoal black to creamy off-white.
The mount is appropriately age-darkened and has some edge and corner wear. The mount is faintly sunned at the image periphery. At the upper edge of the mount, there is a tack hole. There are a few foxmarks.
The reverse is discolored and darkened at the center. There are a few foxmarks. It is annotated in an unidentified hand in pencil '5601' and '65868-3.'
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By descent to the heirs of Frayne Williams
Paul M. Hertzmann, Inc., San Francisco
Joel Soroka Gallery, Aspen, 2000
Collection of Richard Schenk
By descent to the estate of Richard Schenk
Gitterman Gallery, New York
Michael Shapiro Photographs, Westport, 2014
John Paul Edwards, 'The Eighth Pittsburgh Salon,' Photo Era (May 1921), p. 220
Beth Gates Warren, Margrethe Mather & Edward Weston: A Passionate Collaboration (Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 2001), pl. 32, p. 71 (this print)
Beth Gates Warren, Artful Lives: Edward Weston, Margrethe Mather, and the Bohemians of Los Angeles (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011), fig. 58, p. 200
Other prints of this image are in the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.