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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, 1925
  • Where object was made: United States
  • gelatin silver print
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 32 x 24 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 12 5/8 x 9 7/16 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Orval Hixon
  • Not on display
  • 1971.0396
Description

Black-and-white, bust-length portrait of a woman in front of a black background. Her shoulders in three-quarters view, facing to her right, and her face is turned in full view. She is smiling, and the source of light seems to come from several angles, creating shadows around her face and neck. Her hair is dark, straight, and cut just below her jawline. The woman's neckline is bare, but there is a fur wrap around her shoulders.