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Sarah Greenough, “Alfred Stieglitz/From the Back-Window—291/1915,” Alfred Stieglitz Key Set, NGA Online Editions, (accessed February 28, 2024).

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The tall building in the background is 105 Madison Avenue, at the southeast corner of Madison and 30th Street.  The shorter building with the advertisements on its side is 112 Madison Avenue, at the southwest corner of Madison and 30th Street.

Stieglitz Collections

A corresponding print was given to the following institution(s) by Alfred Stieglitz during his lifetime, or was received or acquired from the estate:

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 24.1738 (inscribed: From the Back Window of / “291”—New York—1915. / Photograph by / Alfred Stieglitz. / Negative & Print / made by Alfred Stieglitz / Print no. 3 made from this / negative.)

Other Collections

A print corresponding with this photograph can also be found in the following collection(s):

Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 68.16

Private collection, San Francisco (inscribed: Alfred Stieglitz / From the Back Window, 291—N.Y., Winter—1915 / To Mr. & Mrs. Chas. J. Liebman—Alfred Stieglitz)

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:

possibly 1921, New York (no. 46, as Buildings, Night, Snow, 1915, from the series “From the Back-Window—291”)
1930, Cambridge (no. 105, as From the Back Window of “291,” 1915)


by Georgia O'Keeffe, on mount, bottom left verso, in graphite: 90D


Georgia O'Keeffe; gift to NGA, 1949.

Associated Names

O'Keeffe, Georgia

Exhibition History

Photographs by Alfred Stieglitz, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, March 16–April 27, 1958
Photographs by Alfred Stieglitz, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, February 3–May 8, 1983; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, June 17–August 14, 1983; The Art Institute of Chicago, October 18, 1983–January 3, 1984
The Art of Photography, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1989
A Subtle Beauty: Platinum Photographs from the Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 2014–2015


Bry, Doris. Alfred Stieglitz: Photographer. Exh. cat. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1965: pl. 11.
Greenough, Sarah, and Juan Hamilton. Alfred Stieglitz: Photographs and Writings. Washington, 1983: no. 46, pl. 21.
Greenough, Sarah. Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set: The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Photographs. Washington, 2002: vol. 1, cat. 417.

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