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Billie Cassin (Joan Crawford)
  • Orval Hixon
    1884–1982
    born: Ray County, Missouri, United States ; died: Lawrence, Kansas, United States
  • Billie Cassin (Joan Crawford), 1924
  • Where object was made: United States
  • gelatin silver print
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 21.4 x 30.4 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 8 3/8 x 11 15/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Orval Hixon
  • Not on display
  • 1971.0311
Description
Literature

Black-and-white, waist-length portrait of a woman facing the right side of the image. Her face is turned toward the viewer in three-quarters view. She is standing in front of a dark background and the source of light creates a glowing halo that outines her head. She has short, dark hair that is combed in front of her forehead, and she is wearing a thick, white headband. There is a decoration of large, white beads in front of her proper right ear. She is not clothed above the waist, and her hands are clasped in front of her chest. There is a light-colored piece of fabric wrapped around her waist.