signed and captioned by artist, across bottom in black ink: Bill Burroughs and Jack Kerouac locked in Mortal Combat w/Moroccan dagger versus broomstick / clear on the couch—they had its hold still a full second which I steadied camera on back of chair. They’d / known each other nine years by then. Jack came in from Richmond Hill he’d finished [underline] Maggie Cassady, Bill stayed with me in two room apartment consolidating [underline] Yage Letters, he’d sent over the / year from Peru and Equdor. 206 East 7th st. Apt 16 Manhattan, September-October 1953. / Allen Ginsberg; on verso, by unknown hand, bottom center in graphite: GD-AG-33; bottom right: 18/162 / Fall 1953 / NY / GDC-587
Allen Ginsberg Estate; Gary and Ellen Davis, Greenwich, CT; gift to NGA, 2011.