Although Frank's reputation was secured with The Americans-the 1958 publication of his Beat-inflected American series (1955-57)-he developed his eye and methods in Peru, Paris, London, and Wales between 1946 and 1953. In this winter street scene, Frank composes a modernist assemblage with a double-decker bus and its passengers, Lord Nelson's Column, and a leafless tree crowned by roosting birds. Like much of the conceptual art and Beat poetry of the next twenty years, the information is provisional and the effect unsettling. The London pictures have never been published as a suite and thus have yet to be recognized as one of the artist's best and most evocative series.
Inscription: stamped, verso, LL: "COPYRIGHT (c)// ALL RIGHTS RESERVED"; signed in ink, verso, LL: "Robert Frank 1980"; inscribed in ink, verso, LC: "LONDON 1951"; signed in ink, verso, LR: "Robert Frank."; stamped, verso, CR: "ROBERT FRANK ARCHIVE"; inscribed in pencil, verso, CR: "972"; inscribed in pencil, verso, C: "193"; inscribed in pencil, verso, LC: "P"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photographs from the 1940s and 1950s: Selections from the Collection," December 18, 1990–March 17, 1991.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 33," September 23, 2002–February 23, 2003.