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portrait of unknown male playing a violin
  • Orval Hixon
    1884–1982
    born: Ray County, Missouri, United States ; died: Lawrence, Kansas, United States
  • portrait of unknown male playing a violin, early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • gelatin silver print
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 25 x 20.3 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 9 13/16 x 8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Orval Hixon
  • Not on display
  • 1971.0408
Description

Black-and-white, knee-length portrait of a man in three-quarters view, turned toward the right side of the image. He is playing a violin, which he holds in his proper left hand. He has short, dark hair that is neatly combed, and he is wearing a black tuxedo and white shirt, with a white bowtie. The source of light hits the right side of his face, and the left side of his face and his body are darkly shadowed.