ON THE BANKS OF THE MARNE
signed in ink in the margin and on the reverse, 1938, printed later (The Modern Century, p. 150)
9½ by 14 in. (24.1 by 35.7 cm.)
This print is in generally very good to excellent condition. As is typical of Cartier-Bresson's later prints, scattered deposits of original retouching are visible in raking light. Upon close inspection, the following are visible: a 3-inch sharp vertical crease in the upper margin, which extends slightly into the image, and a crescent-shaped sharp crease in the center of the image, neither of which appears to break the emulsion. The margin edges and corners show some wear and creasing, and there is a small impression in the lower right margin. The margins are faintly yellowed at the extreme edges.
'34' is written in an unidentified hand in pencil on the reverse.
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