Ansel Adams - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 12, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    The photographer to Bill Lewis, 1975
    Etherton Gallery, Tucson, 2011
    Private Collection, Texas
    Collection of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

  • Literature

    Stillman, Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs, p. 123, there dated 1937
    Szarkowski, Ansel Adams at 100, pl. 89 there dated 1942 or later
    Szarkowski, The Portfolios of Ansel Adams, Portfolio Three, pl. 9

  • Catalogue Essay

    The photographs in this sale offered as lots 168 through 186 come from the collection of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art and are being sold to benefit acquisition funds. Photography has been a focus of the museum since its founding in 1961 when Dorothea Lange approached the museum about acquiring her portraits of Western painter Charles Russell. Director Mitchell A. Wilder readily made the acquisition, initiating an active engagement with photography and photographers that continues today. In its history, the museum has pursued ambitious exhibition and publication programs, including Marnie Sandweiss’s groundbreaking Photography in Nineteenth Century America (1991) and John Rohrbach’s definitive Color: American Photography Transformed (2013). It was the Amon Carter Museum that commissioned Richard Avedon to produce the series of portraits exhibited and published in 1985 as In the American West.

    Driven by a succession of dynamic photography curators, the Amon Carter early-on established a robust photography acquisition program, collecting singular masterworks as well as entire archives. The collection now encompasses more than 45,000 exhibition-quality photographs ranging from one of the first photographs created in the United States to works made as recently as this year. It also includes eight artist archives – including those of Laura Gilpin, Carlotta Corpron, Eliot Porter, and Karl Struss – that allow scholars opportunities to delve deeply into the working methods of these seminal photographers.

Property of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art Sold to Benefit Acquisition Funds


Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park, California

Gelatin silver print, printed no later than 1975.
15 1/2 x 19 1/4 in. (39.4 x 48.9 cm)
Signed in pencil on the mount; signed, dated, inscribed 'For Bill Lewis' in ink and Carmel credit stamp (BMFA stamp 11) with title and date in an unidentified hand in ink on the reverse of the mount.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $65,520

Contact Specialist

Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs, New York

Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Deputy Chairwoman, Americas


New York Auction 12 October 2022