Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc., Inc.
Live Auction

December 2,2023: Premier Americana - Day Two

Sat, Dec 2, 2023 09:00AM EST
Lot 2063


Estimate: $400 - $600

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DORIS ULMANN (AMERICAN, 1882-1934) "BLACKSMITH" NEW ENGLAND PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT, platinum print on tissue paper depicting a sitting man wearing an apron and holding a pipe in left hand, pencil signature "Doris Ulmann" lower right, printed by the artist, original mat having pencil inscription on verso with title, a note below stating "early piece", and "121C". Circa 1920. 8 1/8" x 6" photograph, 20" x 16" OA.
Catalogue Note: Photographer Doris Ulmann (1882-1934) worked from 1917 until days before her death, producing images of people from all walks of life, but her favorite subjects were what she called "Vanishing Types", which included Shakers, Gullahs, Indians, rural African Americans and Appalachians. One exhibit noted, "Ulmann's works are photographically significant because of the difficulty of the techniques she used ...and the critical acclaim she earned - even Eleanor Roosevelt was one of her admirers. They are historically significant in the people they depict. Their innate beauty is undisputed. But we find them significant in the powerful messages communicated by her very personal images of these Vanishing Types."
The current collection was all purchased from the Estate of John Jacob Niles in early 1994. Niles was the noted folklorist and balladeer who accompanied Ulmann on her southern trips from 1932 to 1934. A number of these images are platinum photo portraits personally developed and printed by Ulmann prior to her death in August 1934. Many of the images were part of a 2001 exhibition at the Hopewell Museum in Paris, KY.


Excellent condition, tissue having some spots of discoloration.

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From the collection of Lyn and Gordon Layton, Paris, KY; purchased from the estate of John Jacob Niles in 1994.