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signed by artist, across bottom in black ink: Bill Burroughs "impersonating a detective with magnifying glass in hand ... Sherlock Holmes, / or shabby Chinese detective in Saigon ... look at that stain on the suit." He took photos of sky, / boys, streets, then photos of these photos, by stages drawing forth essences re-photographing images / of boy-stuff or blue sky, here collaged under glass plates on his bureau. Some cut-up photos / from magazines, left. Calligraphy on Wardrobe closet Burrough's adaptation of Brion Gysen's [sic]/ brushwork. Tanger [sic] Summer 1961. Bill's words above, 1988. Allen Ginsberg; on verso, by unknown hand, top left in graphite: T39; top left in graphite: #28 VE; top right: #33; center in graphite: Page 37; center right in graphite: 37; bottom center in graphite: GD-AG-392; by artist's hand, lower right in graphite: Keep for Book. / 1961 Neg #29 / #48/863; by unknown hand, bottom right in graphite: GDC-670; bottom right in graphite: 31

Provenance

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