Flush mounted and then mounted again on original mount,13 1/8 x 10 3/8 inches, with Bry catalog number 124D in lower left corner of mount verso in Georgia O'Keeffe's hand.
Illustrated: Greenough, Sarah. Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, Washington / Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2002, p. 53, fig.86 (variants fig. 82-87).
Provenance: From the estate of the artist to Georgia O'Keeffe to Doris Bry to Gitterman Gallery.
Similar prints in museum collections: National Gallery, Baltimore Museum of Art and Philadelphia Museum of Art.
From The Key Set: "This photograph was made at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 35th Street, near the headquarters of the Society of Amateur Photographers of New York, where Stieglitz was a member. In "The Hand Camera—Its Present Importance," The American Annual of photography and Photographic Times Almanac for 1897 (New York, 1896), 19-27, Stieglitz wrote: "...My picture, 'Fifth Avenue, Winter,' is the result of a three hours' stand during a fierce snow-storm on February 22d, 1893, awaiting the proper moment..."
It is interesting to note that though Stieglitz sometimes dated prints from this negative 1892, according to The Key Set it was most likely made in 1893. "On 22 February 1892 the forecast for the day was 'fair, warmer weather,' while on the same date in 1893 a blizzard blanketed the entire East Coast with as much as fifteen inches of snow (The New York Times [22 February 1892], 4; [22 February 1892], 4; and [23 February 1893],1)." Stieglitz did however consistently remember it was made on George Washington's birthday.
Stieglitz made earlier prints from the same negative as enlargements of a portion of the negative. It is interesting to note that he cropped the image differently in each of the four earlier printings.
This print and the three other known prints of this image (National Gallery, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art) are the only known prints of the fuller image.
This print was made after the publication of Picturesque Bits of New York and Other Studies in 1897 because several railroad ties which are present in earlier prints are no longer visible. The railroad ties do not appear in any subsequent prints indicating that the negative itself was retouched. The first time the image was published without the railroad ties was in November 1899 (Scribner's Magazine).
The title of print as taken from the checklist of Stieglitz's 1932 New York exhibition.