signed by artist, across bottom in black ink: Robert LaVigne, Painter friend of Poets, visiting 1010 Montgomery Street – see Kerouac’s / portrait of LaVigne as “Levesque” in Desolation Angels [underlined], “Robert Browning” in Big Sur. / we’d all lived together on Gough Street & later Hotel Weatley thou Peter & I moved to / Montgomery Street North Beach, where I wrote Howl [underlined] in this room, S.F. 1955 Allen Ginsberg; on verso, lower center stamped in black ink: PHOTOGRAPHY / ALLEN GINSBERG THIS PHOTOGRAPH IS / COPYRIGHTED. IT MAY / NOT BE REPRODUCED / WITHOUT WRITTEN / AUTHORIZATION; by unknown hand, center in graphite: [?]; bottom center: GD-AG-231; lower right: GDC-539
Gary and Ellen Davis, Greenwich, CT; gift to NGA, 2012.