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Inscription

on image, signed, lower right in black ink: HF / 03; on verso, signed, center in graphite: Herbert Gr[?] French; lower right, printed in black ink on label: This first edition consists of seventeen copies, of which this is Number ten. / CINCINNATI, the fifteenth day of May, one thousand nine hundred and three. / H.G. French.

on accompanying label, printed in black ink: Warum?; on verso, printed in black and gold ink on label:

PEACE! haunting face,--what art thou?
Bringest not
The memory of thy sisters' untold griefs
Thro' all the ages? Lo! how many nights
Of hope and dread gloom in thy dusky eyes!--
What brave defeats have crowned thy veiled brows
With anguished glory! Ah, what bitter draughts
Framed the sweet patience of thy lips,--thou Sphinx
Ineffable--that they, protesting not,
Must murmur still:--"Warum"!

E. K.

Provenance

Private collection; NGA purchase (through Charles Isaacs Photographs Inc., New York), 2008.