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Photograph by:
Unidentified  Search this
Subject of:
Gladys Bentley, American, 1907 - 1960  Search this
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 9 5/16 × 7 5/16 in. (23.7 × 18.6 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 10 × 7 15/16 in. (25.4 × 20.2 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Place made:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
ca. 1940
A silver gelatin print depicting a black-and-white image of entertainer Gladys Bentley. Bentley is depicted standing in three quarters profile with her head turned towards the viewer, and her proper right foot forward. She is wearing a white tuxedo, top hat, and she is holding a cane under her proper right arm. A bar with bottles lining the shelves is the background. There is a low, white, metal rail on either side of Bentley. The photographer's mark, printed in the negative, located at the bottom right corner reads, [Canell [?]/ / NY. There are also additional pencil notations written on the back of the photograph.
African American  Search this
Blues (Music)  Search this
Entertainers  Search this
Instrumentalists (Musicians)  Search this
Nightlife  Search this
Photography  Search this
Theatre  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
Harlem Renaissance (New Negro Movement)
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture