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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 1/4 in. (23.3 × 18.4 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. 1936
A silver gelatin print depicting a black-and-white image of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. Robinson is depicted standing in profile with his arms akimbo and his shadow cast on the blank wall behind him. He is wearing a banded hat, alight colored plaid jacket, light-colored pants, and tap shoes. His head is turned slightly towards the viewer and his proper right leg is slightly lifted and bent at the knee. In the lower right quadrant of the image is a handwritten inscription in blue ink that reads, [To Laura / Its [sic] really been / a pleasure / working with / you / Sincerely / Uncle Bo]. The photographer's mark is printed in the negative in the bottom right corner, [James J / Kriegsmann / N.Y.]. There are no inscriptions on the back of the photograph.
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