Negative: Silver gelatin on cellulose acetate film sheet, 7 x 5"
Print: Silver gelatin on paper, 10" x 8", unmounted
African Americans Washington (D.C.)
Meridian Hill Park (Washington, D.C.)
Print (in Box 1.1.A3) has Robert Scurlock's caption indicating that the location of the picture is Meridian Hill Park, but historian Jeff Fearing identified (16 Feb. 2005) the location as Howard University, overlooking MacMillan Reservoir; he recognized the pumphouse in the background on the right and the First Street rowhouses in the distance.
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.
Print probably by Robert Scurlock, ca. 1960s.
Ink on negative: "Mme Evanti 6". She wears a hat, fur stole, and holds walking stick while watching son kneeling with a toy blimp or dirigible. Caption on print: "Mme. Lillian Evanti w/son, Thurlow / international concert artist / photographed in Meridian Hill Park by Addison N. Scurlock." "EASTMAN-SAFETY-KODAK 7" edge imprint.
Published in Washington Post Magazine, Feb. 1, 2004, pp. 10-11