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Photograph by:
James J. Kriegsmann, 1909 - 1994  Search this
Subject of:
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, American, 1878 - 1949  Search this
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 9 3/16 × 7 5/16 in. (23.4 × 18.5 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 9 15/16 × 8 in. (25.3 × 20.3 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Place made:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
ca. 1935
A silver gelatin print depicting a black-and-white image of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. Robinson is depicted wearing a white fedora, a light colored suit, and a dark patterned tie. He is facing the viewer with a wide smile. Robinson is depicted in a Truckin’ dance pose; standing on his proper right leg with his proper left lifted and bent behind him. His proper right arm is bent and lifted in front of his body with his index finger raised and pointed towards the top edge of the image. His proper left arm is held out behind him with his index finger pointing towards the floor. Robinson is standing against a plain white wall. The photographer's mark is printed in the negative in the bottom right corner: [James J / Kriegsmann / NY]. Robinson signed the front of the photograph at the left center of the image, in blue ink: [to a very / smart little / lady, Sally Jay(?) / wishing you / the best of / everything / Bill Bojangles / Robinson]. There are no inscriptions on the back of the image.
African American  Search this
Entertainers  Search this
Photography  Search this
Tap dancing  Search this
Vaudeville  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
The Laura Cathrell Show-Down Magazine Collection
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture