Print of "The Wind"

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James Amos Porter
after 1930
silver-gelatin photograph on RC paper
14 × 10 7/8 in. (35.5 × 27.7 cm)
In this photographic reproduction of an allegorical drawing, an elderly woman with puckered lips and deeply furrowed brows exhales a gust of wind. Shading on the woman’s face captures her skin’s texture and tones, including deep wrinkles and jowls. The subject matter is suggestive of the classical compass winds, the figurative representation of the north, south, west, and east winds.
The Scurlock Studio, operated by Addison N. Scurlock and sons Robert and George, was an African American-run photography firm that captured many important portraits and events in Black Washington, as well as scenes from local life. The studio also documented works of art by Black artists in Washington, DC, including this drawing by artist and scholar James A. Porter. This photograph was among the records of Porter’s work kept by his daughter, who donated this and six others to the museum (2001.0003.0002, 2003.0019.0003, 2003.0019.0004, 2003.0019.0005, 2003.0019.0006, 2003.0019.0007).
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