Photograph of Gladys Bentley

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Description
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.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
The Laura Cathrell Show-Down Magazine Collection
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
ca. 1940
Object number
2013.46.25.82
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Photograph by
Unidentified
Subject of
Gladys Bentley, American, 1907 - 1960
Topic
African American
Blues (Music)
Entertainers
Instrumentalists (Musicians)
Nightlife
Photography
Theatre
Place made
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
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)
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Restrictions & Rights
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
Type
gelatin silver prints
portraits