“Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral” (John Burroughs).(Burroughs, John)
splendid large portrait of John Burroughs. Photographic Portrait by Pach Brothers., 1890s
John Burroughs (1837-1921) was, after Henry David Thoreau, the greatest American nature essayist. He played an important role in the development of he American conservation movement. Burroughs is also remembered for his close friendship with Walt Whitman, whom he resembled in old age.
(RICHARDSON ,BENJAMIN.) Oscar Mason, photographer
Fabulous Albumen Photograph depicting Richardson and his great-grandson as they appeared in the Statue of Liberty Parade in New York. New York: Benjamin Richardson, c. 1886
Benjamin Richardson, the great collector of patriotic Americana, owned and rode in George Washington’s carriage in the Statue of Liberty dedication paradise in New York in 1886.
(Einstein, Albert and Ilse Sternberger.) Sternberger, Marcel
Portrait of Albert Einstein and Ilse Sternberger. Princeton, New Jersey, 1950, printed 2017
This photograph shows a reunion of friends. The Sternbergers and Einstein had known one another in Europe and met again in Princeton. Ilse was Sternberger’s wife, collaborator, and perennial foil. She was a constant source of warmth during sometimes-contentious sittings. She also helped document their life, publishing several articles on Sternberger’s work and their sessions with famous sitters after his death.
$2500 unframed; framed: $3,000
(MONROE, MARILYN). Clark, Ed
Portrait of Marilyn Monroe.. Ed Clark, 1950
Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe at the beginning of her career. Signed by the photographer in silver ink.
(HIP HOP.) Barboza, Anthony
Grandmaster Flash. 1984. New York, 1984
This portrait captures Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five at the height of their fame. The pioneering group broke through to mainstream success with the 1982 single “The Message,” which made the top 100 pop charts. “’The Message’ was [the first record] to prove that rap could become the inner city’s voice, as well as its choice” (Rolling Stone). In 2007 Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five became the first hip hop group to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
In 2012 Rolling Stone declared “The Message” (with the refrain “Don’t push me, ’cause I’m close to the edge, I’m tryin’ not to lose my head …”) the number one hip hop song of all time.
(MADONNA.) Eric Kroll
Madonna backstage at the Danceteria. New York: Eric Kroll, 1982
Signed and numbered 3/10 and with Kroll’s inkstamp dated 1982.
This photograph shows Madonna backstage at the legendary Danceteria in New York in 1982, at the dawn of her career