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Valeska Suratt
  • Orval Hixon
    1884–1982
    born: Ray County, Missouri, United States ; died: Lawrence, Kansas, United States
  • Valeska Suratt, 1919
  • Where object was made: United States
  • gelatin silver print
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 32.5 x 23 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 12 3/4 x 9 1/16 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Orval Hixon
  • Not on display
  • 1971.0349
Description

Black-and-white, bust-length portrait of a woman facing the viewer. She is standing in front of a black background with both of her hands to her chest, her fingers wrapped in a long, double-stranded pearl necklace. She has light-colored, straight blonde hair that is combed and pinned back neatly, and she is wearing a thin, white fur wrap around her shoulders.She is wearing thick, dark eye makeup, dark lipstick, and a large pearl earring on each ear. She appears to be wearing a light-colored, strapless top, and there is a large pearl ring on her left ring finger.