JAMES VAN DER ZEE
a group of 3 photographs including 'Acting President UNIA,' Church Group, and Portrait of a Gentleman at Piano, each with the photographer's credit, initials, dating, or other enhancements in the negative, the first mounted, signed and with title and date in pencil on the mount, the second flush-mounted, 1924-36 (3)
Various sizes to 7⅝ by 9⅝ in. (19.4 by 24.4 cm.) or the reverse
Church Group: This sepia-toned photograph is dated '1936' in the negative. It measures 7-5/8 by 9-5/8 inches. The photograph is flush-mounted and trimmed somewhat unevenly to the image. Upon close examination, the following is visible: a soft 3-inch diagonal impression in the lower right corner; a swipe of soiling and a few other small deposits in the left and upper portions of the image; paper-tape remnants along the right edge; and in-painting to the tip of the lower right corner. There is chipping of the emulsion along the edges, and the upper right corner is creased. The photograph is separating intermittently from the mount, the reverse of which is lightly age-darkened.
Portrait of a Gentleman: This photograph measures 9-1/4 by 7-3/8 inches. It is somewhat difficult to discern the date in the negative, which appears to read '1934.' There is liquid staining along the right edge of the image and in the right margin. There is a diagonal crease in the lower left corner of the image that extends into the margin. The margins are soiled and the margin corners are bumped and/or rounded. The reverse of the print is darkened and soiled.
'Acting President UNIA' - This photograph is dated '1924' in the negative. It is trimmed to the image and mounted to heavy board. The print measures 6 by 9-3/8 inches. In raking light upon close examination are scattered tiny impressions and scratches that do no appear to break the emulsion. The mount is soiled overall.
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