09-26-2019 09-27-2019
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
3293B Boston
September 26, 2019 6:00PMCalender

Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984) Old Water Tower, San Francisco

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 3293B Location: Boston Date / Time: September 26, 2019 6:00PM


Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984)

Old Water Tower, San Francisco, 1961. Mural-sized gelatin silver print mounted to board, 38 1/4 x 29 1/2 in. (97.0 x 74.8 cm), framed.
Condition: Scattered frame abrasions around edges, subtle spatters/surface grime u.r. and l.r., minimal scratches to surface.

Provenance: Dr. Richard Young, a senior executive at the Polaroid Corporation from 1962-1982, by family descent. Dr. Young served as Senior Vice President of Research and Development, and later as President of the International Division and played a key role in the development and marketing of Polaroid's revolutionary products.

N.B. Ansel Adams's interest in printing mural-size photographs began in the mid-1930s. Adams preferred a smooth, matte double-weight paper with neutral tone, and the resulting prints were typically affixed to plywood or Masonite panels and coated with a thin layer of varnish.
Estimate $4,000-6,000

Framed dimensions: 38 1/2 x 29 3/4 inches. No other condition issues to report.

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Polaroid Corporation, Richard Young