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Madonna of the Tenement
  • Lewis Wickes Hine
    born: Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States ; died: Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, United States ; active: United States
  • Madonna of the Tenement, 1904
  • Where object was made: United States
  • silver chloride print
  • Object Diameter: 11.1 cm
    Object Diameter: 4 3/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • By exchange with the International Museum of Photography, G. Eastman House
  • Not on display
  • 1976.0013

Circular, black-and-white image of a woman, seated in three-quarters view, and two children. The woman is turned toward the right side of the image and a young child is seated in her lap, leaning against the woman's chest. The woman is wearing a long-sleeved, patterned dress and the sleeve of her proper right arm is rolled up to her elbow. She has wavy hair that is combed and tied back behind her head. The child in her lap has light-colored, shoulder-length, curly hair and is wearing a white top and dark pants that are rolled up to mid-calf. The child's mouth is open. There is another, slightly older young boy in the right side of the image, whose proper left hand is resting in the hip of the small child. He has short, straight, dark hair and he is wearing a white, long-sleeved, collared shirt. In the background there is a wall with patterned wallpaper that is out of focus.