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    Sale 7434

    Photographs

    13 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 14

    RUTH ORKIN (1921-1985)

    American Girl in Italy, Florence, 1951

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    RUTH ORKIN (1921-1985)
    American Girl in Italy, Florence, 1951
    gelatin silver print
    signed with copyright insignia, titled, dated and annotated 'From The Metropolitan Museum of Art' in pencil on mount
    13 x 19½in. (33 x 49.5cm.)


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    Provenance

    From the artist;
    to a private collection, New York;
    acquired by present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    ANOTHER PROPERTY

    Ruth was striding ahead toward the Piazza. She turned, and saw me walking through a gauntlet of men. It was a situation she had long imagined. She shot a picture and shouted: 'Jinx, go back and step off that curb again.'

    I did; she shot; and on the second take photographed the 'American Girl in Florence'.

    JINX ALLEN, the 'American Girl' (now known as Ninalee Craig)


    Literature

    Cosmopolitan, September 1952, within an article on travel tips for young women, there cropped eliminating the three men at left; Ruth Orkin: A Retrospective, International Center for Photography, New York, 1995, p.9; Ruth Orkin: American Girl in Italy: The Making of a Classic, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2005, pl.10 & cover.