'WIDOW IN HER BEDROOM, 55TH STREET, N .Y. C.'
signed, titled, and dated by the photographer in pencil, annotated ‘CE [Circulating Exhibition] 8’ and with the Arbus Estate authentication number by Doon Arbus, the photographer's daughter, in ink on the reverse, framed, a Fraenkel Gallery label on the reverse, 1962
15½ by 15 in. (39.4 by 38.1 cm.)
This lifetime print is in generally excellent condition. Scattered deposits of retouching are visible, including a cluster of deposits near the radiator that appears to have shifted somewhat to blue. Visible only under very close examination is a very faint linear impression through the margin and image in the right portion; this is likely inherent to the paper. The sheet is gently rippled, primarily in the margins. There are graphite crop marks in the upper left and right margins.
There are scattered faint foxmarks on the reverse. The Arbus Estate authentication stamp is annotated '#1896-7-OAS-1620' and the copyright stamp is dated '63' in ink. The following annotations are written in an unidentified hand in pencil: '4 [circled]'; 'CE 8'; 'PF132662'; and 'DA.593.X.'
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The photographer to The Museum of Modern Art, 1969
Sotheby’s New York, 23 April 1994, Sale 6552, Lot 256
Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, 2004
Diane Arbus (Aperture, 1972), unpaginated
Diane Arbus: Revelations (New York, 2003), pp. 44 and 184
New York, The Museum of Modern Art, New Photography USA, October 1969 - December 1971