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Valeska Suratt
  • Orval Hixon
    1884–1982
    born: Ray County, Missouri, United States ; died: Lawrence, Kansas, United States
  • Valeska Suratt, early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • gelatin silver print
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 30.3 x 22.3 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 11 7/8 x 8 3/4 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Orval Hixon
  • Not on display
  • 1971.0466
Description

Black-and-white, bust-length portrait of a woman in three-quarters view, turned slightly toward the right side of the image. The left side of the image is darkly shadowed, and she is wearing a black, short-brimmed hat. She is holding a clear, glass bottle in front of her chest, with her proper left hand. There are several, beaded rings on the fingers of her right hand. She has light-colored hair that is combed back, and barely visible above her proper right ear. She is wearing dark eye makeup and lipstick, and there is a light-colored flower pinned in front of her left ear. She is wearing a pearl earring on her right ear and a double strand, pearl necklace. She is wearing a dark jacket with a thick, white fur collar.