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Ansel Adams

Taos Pueblo, Church

Property Sold To Benefit The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Of New Mexico

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams

Taos Pueblo, Church

Taos Pueblo, Church

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Property Sold To Benefit The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Of New Mexico

Ansel Adams

1902 - 1984

Taos Pueblo, Church

signed Ansel Adams (on the mount); signed Ansel Adams, titled Taos Pueblo, Church, dated 1942 and annotated Made for U.S.D.I. Must not be reproduced (on the reverse)

gelatin silver print, mounted

7 ½ by 9 ½ in.

19 by 24 cm.

Executed in 1942 and probably printed in the early 1940s.

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This early print, with a surface sheen and mounted to stiff card, is in generally excellent condition. As is typical of Adams’ early prints from this period, it is signed by the photographer in pencil on the mount, as well as signed, titled, annotated, and dated in ink on the reverse. Upon close examination in high raking light, the following are visible: a few tiny raised areas in the right center; and a pinpoint-sized impression in the upper left that does not appear to break the emulsion. There is a tiny loss of emulsion at the tip of the lower right corner. 

The mount is gently rippled and there is faint darkening on the front and reverse. There is a stray deposit of graphite in the lower left portion of the mount.  

When examined under ultraviolet light, this print does not appear to fluoresce.

There is a Museum of Fine Arts New Mexico label on the reverse of the mat.

Framed under Plexi: 16 ¼ by 20 ¼ in. (41.3 by 51.4 cm.)

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.

Helene Wurlitzer, Taos (acquired directly from the artist)

Acquired by bequest from the above circa 1963 by the present owner

Ansel Adams, The Print: Contact Printing and Enlarging (Hastings-on-Hudson, 1968), p. 11

Alice Gray, Ansel Adams: National Park Service Photographs (London, 1994), pl. 59

Elaine M. Bucher, eds., America's Wilderness: The Photographs of Ansel Adams With the Writings of John Muir (Philadelphia, 1997), p. 70

Lauris Morgan-Griffiths, Landscapes of the American West (London, 2008), pp. 188-9

In 1941, Adams was commissioned by Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes and the National Park Service to create images for an elaborate photomural series that was intended to hang in the U. S. Department of the Interior building in Washington, D. C. Correspondence between Adams and E. K. Burlew, First Assistant Secretary in the Department of the Interior, indicates that Adams began printing from those negatives in late 1941 or early 1942 following his recent trip through the Southwest. The scale of the photograph offered here, its photographic paper, and presentation are consistent with the prints Adams made for the Department of the Interior. Those prints, delivered by Adams to Washington, D. C., in early March 1942, remain in the National Archives. 

This photograph comes from the collection of The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico. The print of this image in the National Archives is there titled ‘Church, Taos Pueblo National Historic Landmark, New Mexico, 1941’ (79-AAQ-3).