• The Miller-Plummer Collection  auction at Christies

    Sale 2279

    The Miller-Plummer Collection of Photographs

    8 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 516

    EDWARD WESTON (1886-1958)

    Johnny, 1944

    Price Realised  


    EDWARD WESTON (1886-1958)
    Johnny, 1944
    gelatin silver print
    initialed, dated and copyright insignia in pencil (on the mount); signed, titled and dated in pencil (on the reverse of the mount)
    7½ x 9½in. (19.2 x 24.1cm.)

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    Weston adored cats. At the time he made this photograph he had ten of them. Naturally, he made many photographs of his beloved cats. While preparing his 1946 retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, he wrote to the curator Nancy Newhall to urge her not to eliminate all the cat photographs and he described the present lot as 'my best cat portrait.' Weston got his way and Johnny graced the walls of MoMA.


    From the artist;
    to Simeon and Janet Braguin; acquired 1970s


    Conger, Edward Weston: Photographs from the Collection of the Center for Creative Photography, Center for Creative Photography, 1992, fig. 1735/1944