signed by artist, along bottom in black ink: William Seward Burroughs and Alan Ansen, two elegant gentlemen at entrance to defunct San / Remo Café, N.W. corner Bleeker looking north up MacDougal Street, then the heart of Greenwich Village. / Before vogue of the Cedar Bar, poets painters Kerouac's "subterraneans" Gregory Corso Carl Solomon / myself Frank O'Hara Larry Rivers Maxwell Bodenheim drunk even Dylan Thomas ate drank and / talked till 3 AM at this central café - superb inexpensive veal parmagiana [sic] and spaghetti a la Von- / gole in rear restaurant, wooden tables season W.S. B.'d published -Junkie- and we were assem- / bling _Yage Letters_ and _Queer_, Burroughs improvising earliest routines for _Naked Lunch_. Alan Ansen / had been polymath secretary to W.H. Auden a decade before, helping type "_Age of Anxiety_." One mid- / afternoon, Fall 1953, fixed with trembling hand. Allen Ginsberg; on verso, by artist's hand, lower left in graphite: #16 / 149 / NY Fall 1953 / Burroughs / Ansen; lower left in graphite: newly - / signed, captioned 3/31/93 / Allen Ginsberg; lower right, by unknown hand, stamp in black ink with graphite addition: PHOTO INFORMATION: / YEAR 1953 / LOCATION NYC / IMAGE# 148 / SLEEVE # 18 / PRINTED BY / NOTE; bottom center, on label: SUBJECT/ISSUEBOOKS-JUNE 1993 / ARTIST; ALAN GINSBERG / RETURN TO: GOKNAR/VOGUE/X8959; by unknown hand, bottom center in graphite: GD-AG-003; bottom right in graphite: GDC-732
Allen Ginsberg Estate; Gary S. Davis, Greenwich, CT; gift to NGA, 2010.