“I AM ASHAMED AND AN OLD MAN SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BE ASHAMED”: PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT OF ALFRED STIEGLITZ SIGNED BY LOTTE JACOBI, WITH SUPERB STIEGLITZ AUTOGRAPH LETTER TO JACOBI
STIEGLITZ, Alfred. Autograph letter signed. New York, December 30, 1939. Two quarto leaves measuring 8 by 10 inches, written in black ink on rectos only. Handsomely framed with photographic portrait measuring 7 by 9-1/2 inches. Entire framed piece measures 34 by 19-1/2 inches. $6500.
Fine related autograph letter boldly written and signed by Stieglitz. Handsomely framed with original photographic portrait of Stieglitz, signed by photographer Lotte Jacobi.
In this warm letter to Jacobi, Stieglitz apologizes for the late return of proofs she had sent to him. The letter reads: “My dear Lotte Jacobi: I am ashamed and an old man should not have to be ashamed. But I am ashamed. This morning I find buried under a heap of papers your proofs of me & I in the belief that I had sent them to you long ago. Really a few days after you brought them. And that I had written to you. You see the state I am in. Inexcusable-and yet I offer no excuses. Merely repeat I am ashamed. Some day you must drop in & I’ll tell you about the proofs. The one we all like the best. Will you, can you, ever forgive me. I hope you are having pleasurable holidays. For me they are like other days. I have been at The [American] Place daily. My best wishes for 1940! Cordially, Alfred Stieglitz.” The proofs in question are from a 1938 session-the photograph here is one taken by Jacobi during this session. Jacobi, who immigrated from Germany to New York in 1935, photographed many of the best-known photographers of the period, including Berenice Abbott, Nancy Newhall, Barbara Morgan, and of course, Stieglitz himself, who was an important influence on the development of Jacobi’s portrait work. With envelope addressed in Stieglitz’s hand in mylar sleeve affixed to rear of framed piece.
Fine condition, handsomely framed. A superb piece.