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Title [Bessie Strong and Alice Austen]
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date September 19, 1885
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. Alice Austen and her friend Bessie Strong pose on the lawn at the Austen family home, Clear Comfort, in Rosebank, Staten Island. Alice sits in a chair, holding a tennis racket; the racket has initials "AA" at the top of the shaft. Bessie sits on the arm of the chair with her arm around Alice. Alice's pug Punch is seated at Alice's feet. Alice wears a brooch in the shape of a tennis racket. There are hedges and trees in bloom in the background; the porch of the house is slightly visible at left behind vines on the porch columns. The corresponding vintage print has Alice Austen's inscription "September 19th 1885 / Clifton / S.I."
(Keywords: Self Portrait, Clifton, New York)
Film Size 5x8
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History Alice Austen's friend Bessie Strong lived with her parents in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Her occupation in the 1900 census was "music teacher."
Earliest Date 1885
Latest Date 1885
Subjects Friendship
Tennis rackets
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Strong, Elisabeth B.
Catalog Number 50.015.6464
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, May 2013.
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