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Photograph by:
Addison N. Scurlock, American, 1883 - 1964  Search this
Subject of:
Etta Moten Barnett, American, 1901 - 2004  Search this
Owned by:
Etta Moten Barnett, American, 1901 - 2004  Search this
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper , ink on cardboard
H x W (image): 6 1/2 × 4 7/16 in. (16.5 × 11.3 cm)
H x W (sheet): 11 13/16 × 7 7/8 in. (30 × 20 cm)
H x W (folder open): 12 1/16 × 16 5/16 in. (30.7 × 41.5 cm)
H x W (folder closed): 12 1/16 × 8 3/16 in. (30.7 × 20.8 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Place captured:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
ca. 1930
This is a black and white portrait of Etta Moten Barnett by the photographer Scurlock. Taken from the shoulders up, she is posed with her back to the camera. She turns and looks over her left shoulder, gazing directly at the viewer. She wears a dress or top with a back consisting of several wide straps radiating down from a beaded collar that dips low across her back. In the bottom left hand corner of the image is black vertical text that reads “SCURLOCK / WASH / DC.” The photograph is set in an off-white matting with a thin black line around the border of the image. Two-thirds of the way along the two sides and along the bottom is a second thin black line, and halfway up the sides and partway along the left and right sides of the bottom margins is a third black line framing the image. The image and its matting are bound into a black cardboard folder. The front cover is a matte black with large silver text in the upper center that reads “A / MODERN /PORTRAIT.” Along the left hand margin is a thick silver line next to a series of thin silver lines of decreasing height. The immediate next page is a blank silver paper embossed to resemble leather or lizard skin. This page covers the photograph itself. The back of the cover is matte black and blank.
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Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
© Addison N. Scurlock Estate
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Collection title:
Etta Moten Barnett Archive
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture