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Photograph of Count Basie

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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 Count Basie. Basie is depicted in a circular spotlight, against a dark background. The spotlight is cast over his body and creates a shadow on the wall behind. He is wearing a dark suit and holding a baton in his proper right hand. White cursive text, written in the negative, in the bottom left corner reads, [Calvert / Chicago]. There are no inscriptions on the back of the image.
Photograph by
Calvert Studio, American
Subject of
Count Basie, American, 1904 - 1984
Date
1935-1950
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): 4 1/2 × 3 1/2 in. (11.4 × 8.9 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 5 × 4 in. (12.7 × 10.1 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
2013.46.25.9
Topic
African American
Conductors (Musicians)
Instrumentalists (Musicians)
Jazz (Music)
Photography
Place made
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
Restrictions & Rights
Unknown - Restrictions Possible