signed and captioned by artist, across bottom in black ink: William S. Burroughs serious, sad lover's eyes, afternoon light in window, cover of just-published Ace / Paperback [Underline] Junkie in shadow propped on couch-back above right shoulder, Japanese kite against against old / hot-water-flat wallpaper. Finishing compilation of [underline] Yage Letters and [underline] Queer manuscript he visioned first Inter- / zone "Market" routines looking out South window at fire-escapes & clotheslines criss-crossing Lower East Side / apartment house courtyards--sailed to Tanger in December. New York, Fall 1953. Allen Ginsberg; on verso, by unknown hand, bottom center in graphite: GD-AG-157; bottom right: GDC-906
Gary and Ellen Davis, Greenwich, CT; gift to NGA, 2011.