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Photograph of a woman playing 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 woman seated at a piano. She is seated center, with her proper right side facing the viewer. Her face is turned towards the viewer and she is smiling. She is wearing a light-colored dress, and a flower hair accessory. The piano is depicted in the lower right quadrant. The piano has a mirrored backboard of the keyboard. In the mid-ground are two (2) women and one (1) man. The women are depicted on the right half of the mid-ground. The woman on the far right stands with her proper left arm resting on the piano. She is wearing a spaghetti strap dress and a flower corsage. In the center, behind the featured piano player, is a woman seated at a small table. She is partially obstructed by the piano player. On the left side of the mid-ground is the man, also seated at the table. He is depicted wearing a medium toned suit, white shirt, and a dark tie. He is holding a cigarette in his proper right hand and looking towards the piano player. On the table are glasses of liquid. In the far background is a trellised wall. On the trellis is foliage. The wall also has a brick portion on the left side behind the seated man. In the lower right corner is a number printed in the negative. [#69]. There are no inscriptions on the back of the photograph.
Photograph by
Unidentified
Subject of
Unidentified Woman or Women
Date
ca. 1945
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 1/2 × 9 5/16 in. (19.1 × 23.7 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 8 1/8 × 10 in. (20.6 × 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
2013.46.25.53
Topic
African American
Entertainers
Instrumentalists (Musicians)
Music
Nightlife
Photography
Restrictions & Rights
Unknown - Restrictions Possible