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    Description

    Edward Weston (American, 1886-1958)
    Nautilus Shells, 1947
    Oversized dye transfer
    15-1/2 x 12-1/2 inches (39.4 x 31.8 cm)

    This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the photographer's son, Cole Weston, and dated October 30, 1990.

    PROVENANCE:
    The artist;
    Private collection, acquired from the above, circa 1950;
    By descent to the present owner.

    Edward Weston recieved a letter from Dr. George L. Waters from the Advertising department of Kodak on August 16, 1946. Waters wanted to know if Edward would be interested in making 8x10 Kodachromes of Point Lobes. Weston agreed and was sent both Kodachrome and Ektachrome film along with an Ektar lens to try out. He was to be paid $250.00 for each transparency accepted.

    "I am air-expressing 13 transparencies today; so many because I wanted reactions to my first Kodachrome pictures, in fact my first serious attempt at color. Several equal my best in black-and-white, or at least seem to in my enthusiasm!" Seven were accepted by Kodak and for this he was paid $1,750.00, the largest single order of his career. Kodak used Weston's work in several advertising layuts and his color work also graced the cover of the 1950 February/March issue of American Photography.

    Dye transfer prints of this image are rare. A smaller print was offered at auction in 2006 and there is a print in the Princeton University Art Museum. It is also believed that the Weston family retains a few prints.


    Condition Report*: Twice mounted to an overall size of 20-1/4 x 18-1/4 inches; adhesive from previous mounting along with various abrasions to mount recto, not affecting the image; minor edge wear; one linear indentation extending vertically through the image with a few smaller, related indentations near the right edge; one spot of foxing to the lower half; one approximate 1/2 inch crease to the upper left quadrant, most noticeable in raking light; a few spots of retouching upper center.
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    June, 2018
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