Altonell Hines, from the unrealized portfolio Noble Black Women: The Harlem Renaissance and After”

Copied Carl Van Vechten, Richard Benson, Altonell Hines, from the unrealized portfolio "Noble Black Women: The Harlem Renaissance and After", 1934, printed 1983, photogravure, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the National Endowment for the Arts, 1983.63.135, Photograph © Van Vechten Trust; Compilation/Publication © Eakins Press Foundation. From 'O, Write My Name': American Portraits, Harlem Heroes (Eakins, 2015)

Artwork Details

Title
Altonell Hines, from the unrealized portfolio Noble Black Women: The Harlem Renaissance and After”
Date
1934, printed 1983
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
image: 8 78 × 5 78 in. (22.5 × 14.9 cm) 
Copyright
Photograph © Van Vechten Trust; Compilation/Publication © Eakins Press Foundation. From 'O, Write My Name': American Portraits, Harlem Heroes (Eakins, 2015)
Credit Line
Transfer from the National Endowment for the Arts
Mediums Description
photogravure
Classifications
Keywords
  • African-American
  • Performing arts — music — voice
  • African American
Object Number
1983.63.135

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