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Photograph of a group of people gathered around a piano

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Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Description
A silver gelatin print depicting a black-and-white image of a group of people gathered around a piano. Seven (7) women and six (6) men are depicted sitting and standing in a semicircle around a piano. The piano is centrally depicted and one (1) man sits on the piano bench with his proper left hand on the keys. He is facing four (4) women seated on a couch on the left side of the image. One (1) woman stands behind the man seated at the piano. On the right side of the image, are two (2) women seated on a chair. Five (5) men stand behind the piano. One of the men is leaning on the end of a small wooden staff. He is wearing a brimmed cap, overalls, and a white shirt. The other four (4) men standing around the piano, and the man seated on the piano bench, are all wearing matching light colored suits, white button down shirts, floral patterned ties, and white pocket squares in their left breast pockets. In the foreground, in front of the couch and chair arms, are matching end tables. The piano is draped in cloth and there is a wide lipped vase filled with flowers on top. There is a large fireplace behind the women on the left side of the image. There are no inscriptions on the front or back of the photograph.
Photograph by
Unidentified
Subject of
Unidentified Man or Men
Unidentified Woman or Women
Date
1930-1950
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (Image): 7 5/16 × 9 1/4 in. (18.6 × 23.5 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 8 1/8 × 10 in. (20.7 × 25.4 cm)
Type
gelatin silver prints
portraits
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
The Laura Cathrell Show-Down Magazine Collection
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Object number
2013.46.25.147
Topic
African American
Instrumentalists (Musicians)
Music
Photography
Restrictions & Rights
Unknown - Restrictions Possible