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signed and captioned by artist, across bottom in black ink: Bill Reck in his coldwater flat Lower East Side circa 1953, one / of eminent "Subterraneans" (Vide Frity Nichols); he entered J.K's "Book / of Dreams" as Dick Beck. outside his window off Bowery and East 2'd / Street, a cemetary, he wrote "Love is a lime green," last line of / poem looking out Allen Ginsberg; on verso, by unknown hand, bottom center: GD-AG-234; bottom right: #19/170 / Fall 1953 / [strikethrough] Bk 5 #13B / Neg #5 / GDC-577

Provenance

Gary and Ellen Davis, Greenwich, CT; gift to NGA, 2011.