Boston-born Coburn based himself in London from around 1906, learning how to make photogravures at the London County Council School of Photo-engraving, and establishing a studio with two copperplate printing presses at the home he shared with his mother in Hammersmith. In the period 1909-14 he etched and steel-faced eighty-three plates, and oversaw the printing of some 40,000 hand-pulled gravures. While most of the gravures were for his books – New York, London, Men of Mark and Door in the Wall – he also made at least six large freestanding photogravures of which this is one.
Weaver, Mike. Alvin Langdon Coburn, Symbolist Photographer, 1882-1966: Beyond the Craft. New York: Aperture, 1986. p. 66
MoMA object number 180.1991
The Truthful Lens 37; Foster, Sheila J., et al. Imagining Paradise : The Richard and Ronay Menschel Library at George Eastman House, Rochester, p. 236;
Coburn, Alvin Langdon, Alvin Langdon Coburn : Photographer : An Autobiography, pp. 24-42.