• Sale 1502

    Photographs

    26 April 2005, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 38

    ROBERT FRANK (b. 1924)

    London (Belsize Crescent), 1951-52

    Price Realised  

    ROBERT FRANK (b. 1924)
    London (Belsize Crescent), 1951-52
    gelatin silver print, printed before September 1966
    8 1/8 x 12 1/8in. (20.6 x 30.8cm.)


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    This haunting evocation of a girl running down a London street, away from a gaping hearse door that frames a garbage collector quietly making his rounds like the grim reaper, is one of the most important images that Robert Frank made before The Americans. The present lot was printed in the early to mid-1960s and mounted on crescent board as an exhibition print. Sol Mednick, a photographer and teacher at the Philadelphia College of Art, donated this print to the institution in 1966 which in 1983 deaccessioned it.

    Provenance

    From the artist to Sol Mednick;
    Donated to the Philadelphia College of Art, 1966;
    Christie's East, November 8, 1983, lot 105;
    to a Private Collection, New York


    Pre-Lot Text

    VARIOUS PROPERTIES


    Literature

    Robert Frank, The Lines of My Hand, Yugensha, 1972, p. 51;
    Greenough and Brookman, Robert Frank: Moving Out, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 1994, p. 8; and Brookman, Robert Frank: London/Wales, Scalo, 2003, p. 15 and pp. 10-11 (contact sheet).