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Sarah Greenough, “Alfred Stieglitz/Before the Tavern/1890, printed 1895/1896,” Alfred Stieglitz Key Set, NGA Online Editions, (accessed September 29, 2023).

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Stieglitz submitted this image to The Amateur Photographer’s “Travelling Studentship Competition” as Before the Wayside Inn. The journal notes: “all the negatives are un-retouched, and no cloud negatives are used. They have been taken with a Steinheil Aplanat. The plates used include Obernetter, Eosine, Schlenssn, Perulz (eosine), and Lumière. The developers have been pyro and soda and iron, and the whole of the prints have been produced in platinotype” (The Amateur Photographer 12 [18 July 1890], 41).

Lifetime Exhibitions

A print from the same negative—perhaps a photograph from the Gallery’s collection—appeared in the following exhibition(s) during Alfred Stieglitz’s lifetime:

1891, New York, Fourth Annual Joint Exhibition (no. 302, as Before the Wayside Inn)
1891, New York, Society of Amateur Photographers (no. 219, as Before the Wayside Inn)

Lifetime Publications

A reproduction of this work appeared in the following publication(s) during Alfred Stieglitz’s lifetime:

Alfred Stieglitz, “The Hand Camera—Its Present Importance,” The American Annual of Photography and Photographic Times Almanac for 1897 (New York, 1896): 21 (ill., A Hot Day)

W. I. Lincoln Adams, Sunlight and Shadow (New York, 1897): 71 (ill., A Hot Day)


by Alfred Stieglitz, on interleaving tissue, upper right, in graphite: Before the Tavern / 1890


Georgia O'Keeffe; gift to NGA, 1949.

Associated Names

O'Keeffe, Georgia


Greenough, Sarah. Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set: The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Photographs. Washington, 2002: vol. 1, cat. 67.

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