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[Lunchroom Window, New York]

Artist:
Walker Evans (American, St. Louis, Missouri 1903–1975 New Haven, Connecticut)
Date:
1929
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
11.7 x 18.5 cm (4 5/8 x 7 1/4 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gift of Arnold H. Crane, 1971
Accession Number:
1971.646.35
Rights and Reproduction:
© Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Not on view
As early as the 1870s, the quick-lunch counter had become commonplace in New York City. With the introduction and success of the coin-operated automat in the 1910s, lunch and coffee could be had in a New York minute. Walker Evans discovered this trio of natty, pre-stock market crash consumers near Grand Central terminal at a lunchroom at the corner of Lexington Avenue and 44th Street.
Inscription: Photographer's stamp on mount, verso CR: "WALKER EVANS"; collector's stamp on mount, verso LR: "COLLECTION // ARNOLD H. CRANE, CHICAGO, U.S.A."; inscribed in hand of Arnold Crane on mount, verso LR: "withdrawn 12/71 AHC // N.Y.C. 1931"
Walker Evans; Arnold H. Crane, late 1960s

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