Black Women Musicians, Cabinet Cards, Oakland, California

Lot of 2 cabinet card portraits of African American women with musical instruments, comprising: 

Studio portrait of a woman holding a tambourine aloft. W.J. Smith: Oakland, n.d., circa 1885. 18th & Clay Streets imprint on recto. The subject wears a pleated dress and a dark corset with flowers tucked in the front. Her lively pose suggests the movement and vibrancy of her performance.

Studio portrait of a woman holding a violin, ready to play. Arrowsmith: Oakland, n.d., circa 1905. Imprint on recto. The young woman holds her bow to the strings, wearing a tea-length white dress with dark stripes. 


Both with good contrast.

Estimate: $600 - $900
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