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Ansel Adams

'Canyon De Chelly National Monument, Arizona'

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams

'Canyon De Chelly National Monument, Arizona'

'Canyon De Chelly National Monument, Arizona'

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Ansel Adams

1902 - 1984

'Canyon De Chelly National Monument, Arizona'


gelatin silver print, mounted, signed in pencil on the mount, signed, titled, and dated in ink, the photographer's San Francisco studio stamp (BMFA 4), numbered '1-NPS-5' in ink, and with annotation 'Property of Virginia Adams' in ink on the reverse, framed, 1942, probably printed no later than the early 1950s; accompanied by a certificate of provenance, signed by Michael and Jeanne Adams (2)

image: 7½ by 9½ in. (19.1 by 24.1 cm.)

frame: 18¾ by 22¾ in. (47.6 by 57.8 cm.)

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This photograph, with a semi-glossy surface, is in generally excellent condition. There are tiny, scattered deposits of original retouching visible only under very close examination. The mount is appropriately age-darkened, primarily along the edges.  


The reverse of the mount is soiled. The following is written in pencil in an unidentified hand: '#9'; 'E-5'; '387'; and 'AA/1661.' 'Property of Virginia Adams' is written in ink.


Karen Haas's and Rebecca Senf's book, 'Ansel Adams in the Lane Collection,' publishes the most comprehensive list to date of the studio stamps and labels Adams used throughout his career. While the authors' assessment of the use dates of stamp 4 on the reverse of the mount are broadly from 1950 through 1962, when this print is examined under ultraviolet light it does not appear to fluoresce suggesting it was made by the early 1950s.


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.

Collection of Virginia Best Adams

By descent to Michael and Jeanne Adams, 1980s

Acquired from the above, 2006

Photographs of the Southwest (1976), pl. 30

America's Wilderness (1997), p. 28

The Grand Canyon and the Southwest (2000), p. 36

Our National Parks (1992), p. 303

400 Photographs (2007), p. 166

The annotation '1-NPS-5' on the reverse of the present photograph is the negative number.  Adams’ detailed numbering system for his negatives provides clues to how and when he made his photographs.  ‘1’ denotes it was made from an 8 by 10 inch negative.  ‘NPS’ indicates it was made during his time photographing for the National Park Service.  ‘5’ is the sequence number within the negative series.