Albino sword swallower at a carnival, Maryland Artist: Diane Arbus (American, 1923–1971)
Printer: Neil Selkirk (American, born England 1947)


Gelatin silver print


image: 14 15/16 × 14 15/16 in. (38 × 38 cm)
sheet: 19 7/8 × 16 in. (50.5 × 40.65 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of George Hopper Fitch, B.A. 1932

Accession Number



20th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.

  • Diane Arbus, Diane Arbus: Revelations (New York: Random House, 2003), 304-5
  • Diane Arbus, Diane Arbus, exh. cat. (Millerton, N.Y.: Aperture, 1972), ill
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gelatin silver prints


Verso UL, stamped in black ink: Not ot be reproduced in any way without written permission of Doon Arbus. \r\n


Verso UR, stamped in black ink: A Diane Arbus phtograph \r\nVerso UR, in black ink: ALBINO SWORD SWALLOWER AT A CARNIVAL, M.D. 1970 / NEIL SELKIRK 44/75\r\nVerso UR, in graphite: ex: -rac---. NST. '80 \r\nVerso LL, in graphite: 11010 \r\nVerso LL, in graphite upsidedown: 1991.53.3\r\nVerso LR, in graphite: 27.1988.98


Signed verso UR, in black ink: Doon Arbus

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