Originally from the collection of Allen H. Eaton, a trustee of New York's Ethical Culture School, and an employee of the Russell Sage Foundation, where Hine had an important exhibition of his photographs in 1929
Lewis Hine, Men at Work: Photographic Studies of Modern Men and Machines (New York, 1977), unpaginated
Freddy Langer, The Empire State Building (Munich, 1998), p. 51
This early, large-format print is on warm-toned, double-weight paper. It is in generally excellent condition. It is trimmed to the image, and there is very minor wear to each corner. There is faint yellow staining along the right edge, mostly noticeably at the upper right corner, and brown discoloration along the upper left edge.
There are a few stains and some scattered soiling on the reverse of the print. These minor condition issues are consistent with handling and age and they do not detract from its overall fine appearance.
When examined under ultraviolet light, this print does not appear to fluoresce. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.