Signed by artist, lower right on sheet in black ink: Allen Ginsberg; artist inscription, across bottom under image: William S. Burroughs beside typewriter on kitchen table, getting in condition to edit his South American "Yage Letters" and "Queer" epistolary mss. to be published decades afterward - immortality comes later! We slept in striped wallpaper'd tiny rear bedroom, my wooden wardrobe visible behind his shoulder. 206 East 7th Street, Apartment 16, Lower East Side Manhattan October 1953.; on verso, by unknown hand, upper left corner in graphite: #8 VE; lower left corner: X; lower center: GD-Ag-59; lower right corner: GDC-879 AGI 96 43; lower right, in part stamped in capital letter, in part hand-written in graphite: PHOTO INFORMATION YEAR 10-1-53 LOCATION NYC IMAGE # 249 SLEEVE # 30 PRINTED By [blank] NOTE [blank]
Allen Ginsberg Estate; Ellen and Gary Davis, Greenwich, CT (through Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York); gift to NGA, 2008.