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Black Man with Straw Hat at Okeetee Club
about 1900
Photography; platinum print on paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 6 3/8 x 4 3/8in. (16.2 x 11.1cm) Sheet (height x width): 6 3/8 x 4 3/8in. (16.2 x 11.1cm) Other (mat height x width): 19 1/4 x 14 1/4in. (48.9 x 36.2cm)
Credit Line: Gift of the Rosalie Thorne McKenna Foundation
Description: Frontal portrait of an African-American man wearing a beat-up straw hat. He is wearing a jacket and looking straight at the camera. Wallpaper or a decorative backdrop is visible behind him.
Subject Note: Okeetee Club, incorporated in 1894 and possibly designed by the New York, N.Y. architectural firm McKim, Mead & White, was founded as a hunting club in Ridgeland, South Carolina. Jonathan Thorne, Jr., Harriet V.S. Thorne's husband, was a co-founder and is listed as having been present during the years of 1895-1897, 1899-1907, 1909 and 1914. It is unclear whether Harriet was in attendance with her husband. From Rollie Thorne McKenna's correspondence with Leland M. Roth, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Oregon and Gay Attaway, 1979.
Inscription: Verso of print, upper right corner in pencil: "use This" [inscription is upside down in relation to the orientation of the image] Recto of bottom window mat, bottom right corner in pencil: "Harriet V.S. Thorne / Black Man with Straw Hat / Cat 45 / Platinum"
Object Number: 2011.344.968
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