Sotheby’s auction on 5 October showcases an exciting and diverse range of photographers from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Sotheby’s auction on 5 October showcases an exciting and diverse range of photographers from the 19th and 20th centuries. History of photography luminaries Eugene Atget, Gustave Le Gray, Edward Weston, Robert Frank, and Ansel Adams are well represented. Inventive early works by Frederick Sommer, Aaron Siskind, and Harry Callahan are featured. Other highlights include a strong selection of photographs by William Eggleston, Lewis Baltz, and Robert Mapplethorpe. These photographs, as well as ones by Pierre Dubreuil, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lewis Hine, and Imogen Cunningham, will be on view during our pre-auction exhibition in New York beginning 30 September.
The Oldest Presidential Portrait’s Fascinating Story
When he posed for this portrait, John Quincy Adams (1767–1848) had completed his term as the sixth American president (1825–29) but was still serving his country as a congressman from Massachusetts. An indefatigable diarist, Adams documented the sitting in entries for 8 and 16 March 1843, when he twice visited the Washington, DC studio of Philip Haas. This recently rediscovered plate – the only one currently known to have survived from the Haas sessions – is believed to be the earliest photograph of an American president to come to market in many years and the earliest extant photograph of the man himself. An invaluable document, this daguerreotype crystallises a remarkable moment in the history of photography and American politics.
Philip Haas, John Quincy Adams, 1843. Estimate $150,000–250,000. To be offered in Sotheby’s Photographs on 5 October in New York.
The back of the framed portrait.
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