Photograph of a staged sword duel

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Photograph by
Printed by
Columbian Art Gallery, American
Owned by
Hattie Durr Whiddon Graham, American, 1873 - 1950
Subject of
Unidentified Man or Men
photographic gelatin and silver on photographic paper on card mount
H x W (card): 4 1/4 x 6 1/2 in. (10.8 x 16.5 cm)
H x W (image): 3 3/4 x 5 5/16 in. (9.5 x 13.5 cm)
cabinet photographs
gelatin silver prints
Place captured
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, North and Central America
late 19th century
A black-and-white cabinet card photograph of four men participating in a staged sword duel. The man on the left is holding a sword that is pointed down at a man lying on the ground. Next to him is another man. He is standing and looking down at the man on the ground. His left hand resting on what appears to be a tree trunk. The man lying on the ground is also holding a sword. His right hand is extended behind his head in a surrendering gesture and he is looking up at the two men. His head is leaning against the knee of the fourth man, who is kneeling down and holding the man on the ground up. The kneeling man’s right arm is extended towards the standing men with his palm out. Floor tiles and a painted backdrop are in the background. Printed vertically on the right side of the card is “[…?]ind,” “Columbian Art Gallery” and “268 West Water Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.” There are no inscriptions on the front or back.
African American
United States--History--1865-1921
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Donated by Don L. Durrah and D. Simone Durrah Logan in memory of Hattie J. Durr Whiddon Graham (1873-1950); Christopher Columbus Wayman Whiddon (1894-1973); Lina Irene
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
Hattie J. Durr Whiddon Graham Collection of Family Photographs
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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