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signed by artist, along bottom in black ink: "Harry Smith, ethnomusicologist & Cat's Cradle string game expert,. / displaying "cat's whiskers" design. He'd been weakening malnourished in / Franciscan shelter on N.Y. Bowery, came here to stay weeks in my apart- / ment, we went together by plane to Naropa Institute Boulder Colorado where / he was resident alchemist- philosopher at the Kerouac Poetics school for several years till his last trip back to Manhattan to recieve [sic] Obie award for life-long preservation of American Folk Music, and death soon after in 1991 at the- / Chelsea Hotel. March 21, 1988 Allen Ginsberg; on verso, by unknown hand, top left in graphite: #103; by artist's hand, center in graphite: Cats Whiskers; stamp impression, lower center in black ink: Photograph By / Allen Ginsberg / COPYRIGHT 1994 NYC / ALL RIGHTS RESERVED / Fax 212-675-1686; by artist's hand, lower right in graphite: Signed 4/20/95 / A.G.; by unknown hand, bottom center in graphite: GD-AG-286; by artist's hand (?), bottom right in graphite: Polaroid 195 / 21/4/88; by unknown hand, bottom right in graphite: GDC-636

Provenance

Gary S. Davis, Greenwich, CT; gift to NGA, 2010.