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Herbert Clifton
  • Orval Hixon
    1884–1982
    born: Ray County, Missouri, United States ; died: Lawrence, Kansas, United States
  • Herbert Clifton, 1921
  • Where object was made: United States
  • gelatin silver print
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 35 x 27.5 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 13 3/4 x 10 13/16 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Orval Hixon
  • Not on display
  • 1971.0393
Description

Black-and-white, waist-length portrait of a man, facing the viewer frontally. He is standing in front of a white background, and his body casts a dark shadow on the left side of the image. He is dressed like a woman, with a white scarf wrapped around his head, covered with strands of pears which fall across his neck and shoulders. He is wearing dark lipstick and there is a dark robe draped over his proper right shoulder and arm, his chest, and his left forearm. He is holding a large, dark, glass ball in front of his chest with both of his hands.