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portrait of unknown female
  • Orval Hixon
    1884–1982
    born: Ray County, Missouri, United States ; died: Lawrence, Kansas, United States
  • portrait of unknown female, 1920
  • Where object was made: United States
  • gelatin silver print
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 30.2 x 21.5 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 11 7/8 x 8 7/16 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Orval Hixon
  • Not on display
  • 1971.0381
Description

Black-and-white, waist-length portrait of a woman in three-quarters view, her face turned toward the viewer. She is seated in front of a light background and There is a dark piece of pottery in front of her chest, in the left side of the image. She is wearing a black, fitted cap and she has dark, wavy hair that falls behind her shoulders. She is wearing a black dress and shawl, which covers her arms, and only the fingertips of her proper left hand are visible, which she has placed on her hip. She is wearing a single-stranded pearl necklace that is knotted in front of her neck.