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signed and captioned by artist, across bottom in black ink: Shig Murao, up late night reading in his middle bedroom, he'd had a / stroke just after mastering Shakuhachi flute, I stay in his Grant Street / North Block apartment when visiting San Francisco, his front room looks down / on noisy street & bars. He'd managed City Lights Bookstore, part owner, 1950s / all thru the 'sixties - March 17, 1985. Allen Ginsberg; on verso, by unknown hand, lower center in graphite: GD-AG-22; lower left on mount circled: #17; across bottom: Image 11935 GD-AG-22; lower right: GDC-596

Provenance

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