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Photograph of Gladys Bentley

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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 entertainer Gladys Bentley. Bentley is depicted standing in three quarters profile with her head turned towards the viewer, and her proper right foot forward. She is wearing a white tuxedo, top hat, and she is holding a cane under her proper right arm. A bar with bottles lining the shelves is the background. There is a low, white, metal rail on either side of Bentley. The photographer's mark, printed in the negative, located at the bottom right corner reads, [Canell [?]/ / NY. There are also additional pencil notations written on the back of the photograph.
Photograph by
Unidentified
Subject of
Gladys Bentley, American, 1907 - 1960
Date
ca. 1940
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): 9 5/16 × 7 5/16 in. (23.7 × 18.6 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 10 × 7 15/16 in. (25.4 × 20.2 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
2013.46.25.82
Topic
African American
Blues (Music)
Entertainers
Instrumentalists (Musicians)
Nightlife
Photography
Theatre
Place made
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Restrictions & Rights
Unknown - Restrictions Possible