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Valeska Suratt: Vampire in Silent Movies
  • Orval Hixon
    born: Ray County, Missouri, United States ; died: Lawrence, Kansas, United States
  • Valeska Suratt: Vampire in Silent Movies, 1919
  • Where object was made: United States
  • gelatin silver print
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 30.5 x 21.5 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 12 x 8 7/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Orval Hixon
  • Not on display
  • 1971.0454

Black-and-white, full-length portrait of a woman who is facing the viewer. She is standing in front of two light-colored screens with dark wooden frames. There is a tall, metal vase on a table in the left side of the image, and it is filled with large white flowers. She is wearing a floor-length, sleeveless dress that is light-colored on the bodice and has a black skirt. Her proper left hand is on her hip, and her right hand is grasping a long, pearl necklace that falls past her hips. She is wearing a black hat and dark eye makeup and lipstick.