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Mangbetu Woman Photograph

Extent:
1 Photographic print (silver gelatin, black & white, 27.5 x 19.2 cm. )
Container:
Box 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Photographic prints
Black-and-white photographs
Place:
Africa
Date:
1928
Summary:
This collections contains one photograph taken by Elisabeth, Queen of the Belgians, of a Manbetu woman in 1928.
Arrangement note:
Collection consists of one photograph.
Abstract:
Bavarian-born Elisabeth, Queen of the Belgians (1876-1965), regularly photographed during her travels. A member of the Wittelsbach family, who ruled Bavaria until 1918, she shared her family's interest in travel, scholarship, and the arts.

She took the photograph during an official visit with her husband, King Albert I, to the Belgian Congo in 1928. Soon after the royal couple's return, the magazine Illustration Congolaise published a commemorative book entitled Le voyage au Congo de leurs Majestés, le Roi et la Reine des Belges. 5 juin - 31 août 1928. The first part of the book contains her images. The second part with photographs by other photographers, shows her in several pictures, holding a camera. Elisabeth left a remarkable body of technically accomplished, well-composed photographs. Among them is this portrait of a Mangbetu woman. Queen Elisabeth took it in Buta, a regional capital of the Uele District, during an official event staged for the royal travelers on the well-groomed grounds of the mission station of the P.P. Prémontrés and the Soeurs du Sacré-Coeur. The Mangbetu delegation arrived from Niangara at 450 kilometers distance from Buta to greet the royals. The woman portrayed in this image was part of a group of four Mangbetu women posing in another picture for the Queen, published in the commemorative volume (see attached Ill. 1 on the right).

The full portrait is shown in Louis Franck's 1929 deluxe two volume set Le Congo Belge (opp. vol. 1, p. 41; see attached Ill. 2). By then, the image, which echoes a famous picture of a Mangbetu women taken by Georges Specht during the famous Citroën rally La croisière noire through African in 1924, had become an icon. It is among the most widely disseminated images of a Mangbetu with the famed, aureol-like coiffure. In 1931, this close-up portrait of the Mangbetu woman migrated to another medium: it became a 75 centimes postage stamp for the Belgian Congo (Ill. 3).

The stamp, part of a series of scenes showing indigenous peoples, animals and landscapes, which was also issued as a stamp booklet, was discontinued only in 1942.

The portrait is signed by Elisabeth in the front right corner in pencil. According to a note on the back of the cardboard the image was given to Julian Huxley by Elisabeth.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
For study purposes only. Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Rare photographs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white photographs
Identifier:
EEPA.2002-007
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-2002-007

Unidentified woman [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Photographic firm:
Peter A. Juley & Son  Search this
Photographer:
Juley, Paul 1890-1975  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Portrait female--Bust  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0067982
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_67983

Unidentified woman [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Photographic firm:
Peter A. Juley & Son  Search this
Photographer:
Juley, Paul 1890-1975  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Portrait female--Bust  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0067984
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_67985

Charles Apt with unidentified woman [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Photographic firm:
Peter A. Juley & Son  Search this
Subject:
Apt, Charles  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Portrait male--Knee length  Search this
Portrait male--Occupation--Artist  Search this
Occupation--Art--Painter  Search this
Portrait group  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0001191
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_1191

Charles Apt with unidentified woman [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Photographic firm:
Peter A. Juley & Son  Search this
Photographer:
Juley, Paul 1890-1975  Search this
Subject:
Apt, Charles  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Portrait male--Knee length  Search this
Portrait male--Occupation--Artist  Search this
Occupation--Art--Painter  Search this
Portrait group  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0025467
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_25468

Julius Delbos with unidentified woman [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Photographic firm:
Peter A. Juley & Son  Search this
Photographer:
Juley, Paul 1890-1975  Search this
Subject:
Delbos, Julius  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Portrait male--Knee length  Search this
Portrait male--Occupation--Artist  Search this
Occupation--Art--Painter  Search this
Portrait group  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0032900
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_32901

Portrait of a Woman [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Photographic firm:
Peter A. Juley & Son  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Portrait female  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0041347
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_41348

Cabinet card of an unidentified woman photographed by J. P. Ball & Son

Photograph by:
J. P. Ball & Son, American, 1845 - 1904  Search this
Subject of:
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
Medium:
photographic gelatin and silver on photographic paper on card mount
Dimensions:
H x W (Image): 5 9/16 × 3 15/16 in. (14.1 × 10 cm)
H x W (Overall): 6 1/2 × 4 1/4 in. (16.5 × 10.8 cm)
Type:
cabinet photographs
gelatin silver prints
portraits
Place captured:
Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Montana, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1887-1900
Topic:
African American  Search this
American West  Search this
Business  Search this
Photography  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2014.37.28.53
Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2014.37.28.53
Additional Online Media:

Kites, Asian, Chinese Imperial Centennial Commission (1876), Man Carrying Woman. [photograph]

Photographer:
probably Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
Circa mid 1970s
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Kites  Search this
Local number:
NASM-9A08436
Restrictions & Rights:
Images are subject to Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Copyright and Image Use Restrictions. Usage requires prior written permission. Should you wish to use NASM still images in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Photographs, available at NASM's Permissions webpage: www.nasm.si.edu/research/arch/permissions.cfm
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Cataloged Imagery Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_368348

Thamar Benaki (?) with unidentified woman [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Photographic firm:
Peter A. Juley & Son  Search this
Photographer:
Juley, Paul 1890-1975  Search this
Subject:
Benaki, Thamar  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Portrait female--Full length  Search this
Portrait female--Occupation--Artist  Search this
Occupation--Art--Painter  Search this
Occupation--Art--Draftsman  Search this
Architecture interior--Art Building--Gallery  Search this
Portrait group  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0026463
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_26464

Elizabeth Tashjian with unidentified woman [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Photographic firm:
Peter A. Juley & Son  Search this
Photographer:
Juley, Paul 1890-1975  Search this
Subject:
Tashjian, Elizabeth  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Portrait female--Full length  Search this
Portrait female--Occupation--Artist  Search this
Occupation--Art--Painter  Search this
Portrait group  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0056760
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_56761

Gordon Grant with unidentified woman [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Photographic firm:
Peter A. Juley & Son  Search this
Photographer:
Juley, Paul 1890-1975  Search this
Subject:
Grant, Gordon  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Portrait male--Waist length  Search this
Portrait male--Occupation--Artist  Search this
Occupation--Art--Painter  Search this
Occupation--Art--Printmaker  Search this
Architecture--Art Building--Gallery  Search this
Object--Art Object--Painting  Search this
Portrait group  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0057325
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_57326

Gordon Grant with unidentified woman [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Photographic firm:
Peter A. Juley & Son  Search this
Photographer:
Juley, Paul 1890-1975  Search this
Subject:
Grant, Gordon  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Portrait male--Waist length  Search this
Portrait male--Occupation--Artist  Search this
Occupation--Art--Painter  Search this
Occupation--Art--Printmaker  Search this
Architecture--Art Building--Gallery  Search this
Object--Art Object--Painting  Search this
Portrait group  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0057327
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_57328

Cecil Clark Davis with two unidentified women [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Photographic firm:
Peter A. Juley & Son  Search this
Photographer:
Juley, Paul 1890-1975  Search this
Subject:
Davis, Cecil Clark  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1931
Topic:
Portrait female--Full length  Search this
Portrait female--Occupation--Artist  Search this
Occupation--Art--Painter  Search this
Portrait group  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0074277
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_74278

Eugene Speicher with unidentified woman [photograph] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Photographic firm:
Peter A. Juley & Son  Search this
Photographer:
Juley, Paul 1890-1975  Search this
Subject:
Speicher, Eugene  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Portrait male--Full length  Search this
Portrait male--Occupation--Artist  Search this
Occupation--Art--Painter  Search this
Occupation--Art--Printmaker  Search this
Portrait group  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0093275
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_93276

Untitled (Grandfather) from the series, Updating a Family Album

Artist:
Malekeh Nayiny (Iran, born 1955)  Search this
Medium:
Computer generated photograph
Dimensions:
H x W: 42 x 29.6 cm (16 9/16 x 11 5/8 in)
Type:
Photograph
Origin:
Iran
Date:
1997
Topic:
portrait  Search this
Iran  Search this
Arts of the Islamic World  Search this
Contemporary Art  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds
Accession Number:
S2000.122
Restrictions & Rights:
Non-exclusive license
See more items in:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection
On View:
Sackler Gallery 24c: My Iran: Six Women Photographers
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_S2000.122

Untitled (Uncle) from the series, Updating a Family Album

Artist:
Malekeh Nayiny (Iran, born 1955)  Search this
Medium:
Computer generated photograph
Dimensions:
H x W: 42 x 29.6 cm (16 9/16 x 11 5/8 in)
Type:
Photograph
Origin:
Iran
Date:
1997
Topic:
portrait  Search this
Iran  Search this
Arts of the Islamic World  Search this
Contemporary Art  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds
Accession Number:
S2000.123
Restrictions & Rights:
Non-exclusive license
See more items in:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection
On View:
Sackler Gallery 24c: My Iran: Six Women Photographers
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_S2000.123

Untitled (Three Uncles) from the series, Updating a Family Album

Artist:
Malekeh Nayiny (Iran, born 1955)  Search this
Medium:
Computer generated photograph
Dimensions:
H x W: 42 x 29.6 cm (16 9/16 x 11 5/8 in)
Type:
Photograph
Origin:
Iran
Date:
1998
Topic:
portrait  Search this
Iran  Search this
Arts of the Islamic World  Search this
Contemporary Art  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds
Accession Number:
S2000.124
Restrictions & Rights:
Non-exclusive license
See more items in:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection
On View:
Sackler Gallery 24c: My Iran: Six Women Photographers
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_S2000.124

Untitled (woman with bicycle)

Artist:
Shadafarin Ghadirian (Iran, born 1976)  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 25.2 x 20.1 cm (9 15/16 x 7 15/16 in)
Type:
Photograph
Origin:
Iran
Date:
1999
Topic:
portrait  Search this
woman  Search this
Iran  Search this
Arts of the Islamic World  Search this
Contemporary Art  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds
Accession Number:
S2000.2
Restrictions & Rights:
Undetermined copyright
See more items in:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection
On View:
Sackler Gallery 24b: My Iran: Six Women Photographers
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_S2000.2

Untitled (woman with potted plant)

Artist:
Shadafarin Ghadirian (Iran, born 1976)  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 25.2 x 20.1 cm (9 15/16 x 7 15/16 in)
Type:
Photograph
Origin:
Iran
Date:
1999
Topic:
portrait  Search this
plant  Search this
woman  Search this
Iran  Search this
Arts of the Islamic World  Search this
Contemporary Art  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds
Accession Number:
S2000.3
Restrictions & Rights:
Undetermined copyright
See more items in:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection
On View:
Sackler Gallery 24b: My Iran: Six Women Photographers
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_S2000.3

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