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Sarah Greenough, “Alfred Stieglitz/Crow's Feather and Apple/1924,” Alfred Stieglitz Key Set, NGA Online Editions, (accessed April 20, 2024).

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“But there is still old Crow’s Feather—ever jabbed into that reddest of round red apples” (Stieglitz to Ida O’Keeffe, 3 November 1924, YCAL).

Throughout his correspondence with Ida O’Keeffe in the fall of 1924, Stieglitz jokingly referred to himself as “Old Crow’s Feather” and to her as “Little Red Apple,” derived from the Ida Red variety of apple.

Two variant images of this photograph are at Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven (YCAL MSS 85, box 148, folder 2747, 1980.161.6 and 1980.161.9), one inscribed: For Ida’s birthday / Oct. 23—1924 / A Souvenir of The Hill / at Lake George / “The Porch that is Ida.” / From the Crow’s Feather. The other is inscribed: Photographed by Order / of Lady Ida—/ Lake George—/ Oct. 12—1924 / “The Day After”—/ To Ida O’Keeffe—/ Her birthday—October 23—1924 / From her “Crow’s Feather.”


by Georgia O'Keeffe, on mount, upper left verso, in graphite: 207 C


Georgia O'Keeffe; gift to NGA, 1949.

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O'Keeffe, Georgia


Greenough, Sarah. Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set: The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Photographs. Washington, 2002: vol. 2, cat. 1039.

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