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Lot No. 106

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Ansel Adams

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    "Lake Tenaya Yotesmite National Park"

    gelatin silver print mounted on heavy cold press support mount, c. 1970, initialed by Ansel Adams on the mount in pencil just below lower right of the photo, with the stamp of the artist's studio verso on the mount , from the "Special Edition" series printed from Ansel Adams' original Negative under his supervision and initialed by Ansel Adams, As printed by Alan Ross at the Ansel Adams studio.

  • Condition:Photo is very fine condition. Mount in very good condition.
  • Sheet: 16 1/2 by 13 1/2 in. (42 x 33 cm.)
  • Plate: (photo)9 1/2 by 7 1/2 (23 x 18 cm.)
  • Provenance: Acquired by the owner at the Yosemite National Park gift shop around 1973.
  • Framing: Sold framed
  • Note: Note: stamped verso with information on this "Special Edition". Authenticy reinforced by G. Ray Hawkins 1980 appraisal listing these works. G. Ray Hawkins was an early Los Angeles dealer and expert on Adams works.

    Ansel Adams made this image around 1946. He took the photo around the corner from Olmstead Point on the Tioga Road . Later, Adams joined Sierra Club President David Brower and others in a long campaign to oppose rerouting the Tioga Road near Tenaya Lake . Despite protests, the Park Service built the new road -- it would be visible in this photograph if taken today -- inspiring Adams to pen the elegy "Tenaya Tragedy!!!" published in 1958.When driving east on the Tioga Road, this vista provides a breathtaking first glimpse of Tenaya Lake framed by the soaring peaks of Mt. Hoffman, Medlicott Dome, Tenaya Peak, Tuolomne Peak, and Mt. Conness in the background.Stumps dot the surface of Tenaya Lake , some of them quite a distance from the shoreline. Close examination reveals that these stumps are actually mature trees rooted the lake floor 50 feet below. At some point in recent history, the lakebed was dry long enough to allow trees to take root and grow for approximately 80 years. Given that the lake is a natural lake, the drought that allowed this must have been severe." Lake Tenaya " was included in the 2001-2003 traveling museum exhibition Ansel Adams at 100 and companion book. It also appears in Yosemite, Our National Parks, Yosemite and the Range of Light (out of print and Yosemite and the High Sierra.) Source: "Yosemite: The Special Edition Prints" by Mark Adams.
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* Estimates do not include 25% buyer's premium (see Terms and Conditions). NR means no reserve (minimum bid $50 unless otherwise posted). Estimates in other currencies based on conversion rates of Euro: 0.91 , British Pound 0.82, Swiss Fr 1.01. All conversion values are approximate with the final cost determined in dollars.
workcode: aa-1855a-13