Photograph of Harry "Sweets" Edison and Coleman Hawkins

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2 images
Photograph by
Unidentified
Subject of
Hawkins, Coleman, American, 1904 - 1969
Harry "Sweets" Edison, American, 1915 - 1999
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (Image): 7 11/16 × 9 9/16 in. (19.6 × 24.3 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 8 1/8 × 9 15/16 in. (20.6 × 25.3 cm)
Type
gelatin silver prints
portraits
Date
1954-1967
Description
A silver gelatin print depicting a black-and-white image of Harry "Sweets" Edison and Coleman Hawkins. Edison and Coleman are depicted from the waist up, playing instruments in front of a dark stage curtain. Edison is depicted on the left playing a trumpet. He is standing in three-quarters profile, looking towards the right side of the image. He is wearing a medium toned jacket, white collared shirt, and a dark tie. He is holding the trumpet to his mouth with his proper left hand and playing the finger buttons with his proper right hand. There is a mute in the bell. Coleman Hawkins is depicted on the right side of the image, playing a saxophone. He is standing in three-quarters profile, looking towards Edison. He is wearing a dark jacket, white collared shirt, a dark tie, and has a white pocket square tucked into his proper left breast pocket. His proper left hand is playing the keys of his saxophone. The photographer’s mark, printed in the negative in the bottom right corner reads, [F[---?] J[---?]]. There are no inscriptions on the front or back of the image.
Topic
African American
Instrumentalists (Musicians)
Jazz (Music)
Nightlife
Photography
Theatre
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2013.46.25.112
Restrictions & Rights
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
The Laura Cathrell Show-Down Magazine Collection
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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