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signed by artist, across bottom in black ink: Harry Smith returned to visit my house, his old room behind him, about a year after he’d / migrated upstate to Cooperstown with two dozen boxes of his paintings, books and several hundred / hours of tapes he’d made on my Sony Pro Walkman of the ambient sounds of lower Manhattan ( cli- / maxing July 4, 1985) – microphone wrapped in towel on windowsill sucking in dog barks & auto horns from / the battery to lower East Side for months. Now it is August 30th, 1986. Allen Ginsberg; on verso, by unknown hand, center inverted in graphite on white sticker: 74% / Pg 37; perpendicular along left edge in graphite: Neg #26 / #622 120389 8/3/86 / SK printed; lower center: GD-AG-306; lower right: GDC-691

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Gary and Ellen Davis, Greenwich, CT; gift to NGA, 2012.