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Title Myself in Spanish Costume
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date May 29, 1886
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. Self portrait of Alice Austen dressed in a Spanish costume; she holds castanets in each hand. She is seen through a doorway with wooden shutters. Identified in the photographer's inscription as "Myself in Spanish costume. Cap off and on. Sat., May 29, 1886, 10:30 a.m."
Film Size 6.5x8.5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History In the book "Alice's World," Ann Novotny says that Alice was dressed for a dance recital, and her costume was a skirt of yellow satin with a jacket of sequined black velvet. She wrote that Alice recalled many years later that the clothing was "run up" by a dressmaker who came to her house.
Earliest Date 1886
Latest Date 1886
Subjects Costumes
Self-portraits
Clothing & dress
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Austen, E. Alice
Catalog Number 50.015.6689
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, June 2013.
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