Charles Sheeler - Photographs New York Thursday, April 8, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gift of the artist to The Museum of Modern Art, 1946
    Sotheby's, New York, Photographs from The Museum of Modern Art, 23 October 2002, lot 151

  • Exhibited

    Precisionism in America, 1915-1941, Montclair Art Museum, November 1994 - January 1995, and traveling to three other venues

  • Literature

    Abrams, Precisionism in America, 1915-1941, p. 68, pl. 26 (this print)

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1944 Sheeler was commissioned by Fortune magazine to create a group of still life photographs, each pertaining to nineteenth-century American cultural figures. This photograph is from that series.


Walt Whitman Books, Manuscripts and Photographs in the Oscar Lion Collection of the New York Public Library

Gelatin silver print.
7 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (19.1 x 24.1 cm)
Signed and dated in pencil on the mount.

$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $10,080

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New York Auction 8 April 2021