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Negatives and Transparencies, 1921-1965, undated


Scope and Contents

The subseries contains transparencies, slides, and glass plate and film negatives primarily of works of art by Marcel Duchamp. Of particular interest is a glass plate negative of the cast shadows of several of Duchamp's Readymades. The subseries also includes three portraits of Duchamp, including one with his head shaved in the form of a comet and marked "Voici Rrose Sélavy." There is also a negative of Roche's view of Duchamp's 33 W. 67th Street studio with the "Traveller's Folding Item" in foreground.


  • 1921-1965, undated

Language of Materials

From the Collection:

Predominantly in English with some material in French.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. David Sylvester's typescript for the article "Bicycle Parts" can only be consulted with permission of the author's estate.


From the Collection: 18 linear feet


Negatives and transparencies of Duchamp's works of art are filed first, and alphabetically by title of the work. Snapshots and portraits are filed last, and alphabetically by photographer, and then title/subject.


Repository Details

Part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Library and Archives Repository

Philadelphia Museum of Art
PO Box 7646
Philadelphia PA 19101-7646 United States