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Portrait of Zaina Curzon
  • Orval Hixon
    born: Ray County, Missouri, United States ; died: Lawrence, Kansas, United States
  • Portrait of Zaina Curzon, 1920
  • Where object was made: United States
  • gelatin silver print
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 35 x 28 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 13 3/4 x 11 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Orval Hixon
  • Not on display
  • 1971.0256

Black-and-white, waist-length portrait of a woman in three-quarters view turned toward her right side, her face turned toward the viewer. The woman is leaning back slightly, and the source of light comes only from the left side of the image, creating a stark contrast between light and dark in the portrait. She is sitting in front of a black background and she has dark, shoulder-length hair that covers her forehead. She is wearing a white, sleeveless dress, perhaps a nightgown, that is decorated with lace and ribbons, and she has a shawl of the same material draped over her left arm. Her hands are raised to her chest, grasping what appears to be a clock.