4¾ by 5⅜ in. (12.1 by 13.5 cm.)
This photograph, on stiff double-weight paper with a semi-glossy surface, is in generally excellent condition. A few very faint surface scratches are barely perceptible in raking light.
On the reverse of the print, there is light graphite-colored soiling. The following is written in an unidentified hand in pencil: W F'; '9'; and '#681.6.'
When examined under ultraviolet light, this print does not appear to fluoresce.
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Private collection, New York
Sotheby's New York, 7 May 1985, Sale 5318, Lot 86
James Enyeart, Bruguière: His Photographs and His Life (New York, 1977), pl. 74
While living abroad in London in the early 1930s, American photographer Francis Bruguière met and collaborated with Edward McKnight Kauffer, a prolific advertising artist whose avant-garde designs were laced with Cubist and Vortacist references. Bruguière’s photographs from this period – dynamic experiments with multiple-exposure printing, solarization, and juxtaposition of real and representational objects – reveal Kauffer’s direct influence.
Extant prints by Bruguière from this period are rare and the present solarized, multiple-exposure example is among his most successful. At the time of this writing, no other print of this image has appeared at auction. A variant, partially-solarized single-exposure is in the collection of the George Eastman Museum.