E. J. BELLOCQ
UNTITLED (STORYVILLE PORTRAIT)
credit 'Photo by Bellocq' in ink, reduction notations and annotations in pencil, and with 'UAP #1 - Frontispiece' in ink on a label on the reverse, framed, circa 1912, probably printed posthumously in the 1960s
12½ by 10 in. (31.8 by 25.4 cm.)
This photograph, on cool-toned double-weight paper with a semi-glossy surface, is in generally good to very good condition. In raking light, a number of sharp creases of varying length are visible throughout the print; some of these creases appear to break the emulsion. The photograph is printed with margins. The margins are bumped and rounded, and there is a small loss to the tip of the upper left margin corner.
On the reverse of the print are the following annotations in unidentified hands in pencil: 'possible [crossed out] frontispiece [circled]; '657'; 'Don't Crop [circled]'; 'crop 50x52pi (25x26)'; '48x75 -> 24 x 37 1/2'; '54x68 27x34' [crossed out]; and 'Sto I.' The reverse is soiled and age-darkened. There are tape and hinge remnants near the edges.
When examined under ultraviolet light, this print appears 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.
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Julie Saul Gallery, New York, 2007
Al Rose, Storyville, New Orleans: Being an Authentic, Illustrated Account of the Notorious Red-Light District (Tuscaloosa and London: University of Alabama Press, 1974), cover and frontispiece (likely this print)