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Print of "Woman Asleep"

Object Details

Artist
James Amos Porter
Date
after 1931
Medium
Silver-gelatin photograph on RC paper
Dimensions
13 7/8 × 11 in. (35.3 × 27.9 cm)
Caption
This photograph reproduces a drawing of a sleeping woman. The drawing is characteristic of the work of artist James A. Porter, who was best known for his figures and portraits. The woman’s closed eyes and parted lips convey a peaceful expression, and her head is drooped to the side, as if resting on a pillow. The skillful and economical shading and linework emphasizes the woman’s neck and chin, creating a believable sense of torsion. Through these subtle details, a sleeping woman comes alive.
This drawing was photographed by the Scurlock Studio, an African American-run photography firm that captured many important portraits and events in Black Washington, in addition to scenes from local life and works of art by Black artists in Washington, DC. 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, 2003.0019.0002, 2003.0019.0004, 2003.0019.0005, 2003.0019.0006, 2003.0019.0007).
Accession Number
2003.0019.0007
Type
photograph
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Data Source
Anacostia Community Museum
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl83fe63007-cb26-4b9c-8141-623163800f90
Record ID
acm_2003.0019.0007
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