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Bessie Smith, from the unrealized portfolio "Noble Black Women: The Harlem Renaissance and After"

Image for Bessie Smith, from the unrealized portfolio "Noble Black Women: The Harlem Renaissance and After"
Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Artist
Carl Van Vechten, born Cedar Rapids, IA 1880-died New York City 1964
Printer
Richard Benson, born Newport, RI 1943-died Providence, RI 2017
Sitter
Bessie Smith
Date
1936, printed 1983
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the National Endowment for the Arts
Medium
photogravure
Dimensions
image: 8 7/8 × 5 7/8 in. (22.5 × 14.9 cm)
Type
Photography-Photoprint
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Graphic Arts
Object number
1983.63.143
Topic
Ethnic\African-American
Performing arts\music\voice
Portrait female
Restrictions & Rights
Photograph © Van Vechten Trust; Compilation/Publication © Eakins Press Foundation. From 'O, Write My Name': American Portraits, Harlem Heroes (Eakins, 2015)