Silver gelatin on cellulose acetate film sheet, 7" x 5"
African Americans Washington (D.C.)
Framed print of this image is number 35 of "Corcoran" prints.
Degree in music from Howard University; married vocal instructor Prof. Roy W. Tibbs. Continued study in Europe, made professional operatic debut in Nice, France, 1925. Stage name formed from combination of single and married names, Washington concert debut, 1933. Helped found the Negro National Opera Company.
Subject wears jewelled headdress, apparently for operatic role of Lakme (Leo Delibes, composer). Face retouched. Negative captioned, no maker edge imprint found. Possibly a nitrate negative.
Reproduced in Deborah Willis, Black: A Celebration of a Culture, Irvington, N.Y.: Hylas, 2004, p. 161
Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History