'Negative #74' (Chicken Parts)
1905 - 1999
'Negative #74' (Chicken Parts)
gelatin silver print, mounted, signed, titled, and dated in pencil on the reverse, 1939
image: 9 ½ by 7 ⅝ in. (24.1 by 19.4 cm.)
Please note the color and shades in the online catalogue illustration may vary depending on screen settings. This early print, on paper with a surface sheen, is in generally excellent condition. When examined closely in raking light, a one-inch hairline scratch which does not appear to break the emulsion is visible at the center. The mount measures 17 by 14 1/4 in. It is faintly age-darkened at the periphery. There is some minor soiling, a few scuffs, and, in the lower left corner, a few deposits of indeterminate nature. The reverse of the mount is age-darkened in even bands running parallel to the edges. There is some minor soiling. When examined under ultraviolet light, this photograph does not appear to fluoresce.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.
By descent to the present owner
Frederick Sommer, 'Frederick Sommer: 1939-1962 Photographs,' Aperture 10:4, January 1962, unpaginated
Sommer: Images (Tucson: Center for Creative Photography, 1984), pl. 53
Van Deren Coke and Diana C. Dupont, Photography: A Facet of Modernism, Photographs from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, 1986), pl. 32
Douglas R. Nickel, Picturing Modernity: Highlights from the Photography Collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1998). pl. 28
Keith F. Davis, The Art of Frederick Sommer: Photography, Drawing, Collage (Prescott and New Haven, 2005), p. 33
The Photographs of Frederick Sommer: A Centennial Tribute (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2005), unpaginated
Ann Thomas, Modernist Photographs from the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2007), fig. 64.1