Photograph by
Bloom Photography, American
Subject of
Barnett, Etta Moten, American, 1901 - 2004
Barnett, Claude Albert, American, 1889 - 1967
Owned by
Barnett, Etta Moten, American, 1901 - 2004
ca. 1935
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (image): 6 15/16 × 8 3/4 in. (17.7 × 22.3 cm)
H x W (sheet): 10 15/16 × 13 in. (27.8 × 33 cm)
This is a black and white portrait of Etta Moten Barnett. She wears a grey dress with long fitted sleeves and a high straight neckline. She is seated in an armchair that is arranged sideways to the audience. Her body is in profile to the viewer, but her head is turned towards her left shoulder with her hands draped across her lap. She gazes out of the corner of her eyes over her left shoulder. In the bottom right corner of the image is white text that reads “BLOOM / CHICAGO.” There is a handwritten note on the front in the center of the image from Etta to her husband Claude Barnett reading: [With everlasting devotion / to the most important person / in my life: my husband Claude / whose everlasting spirit urges / me to try and reach the stars! / To our eternal happiness and success. / Your most adoring wife. / "Etta"]. The back of the photograph is blank.
Place captured
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
Collection title
Etta Moten Barnett Archive
Media Arts-Photography
gelatin silver prints
Broadway Theatre
Singers (Musicians)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Unknown – Restrictions Possible
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