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Guide to the Arnold Genthe Photograph Collection
[1895]-1942(Bulk 1906-1927)
  PR 19

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Collection processed by Chris Borris

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 10, 2011
Description is in English.

Container List

Series II: Portraits

Scope and Contents note

Series II encompasses the better part of Arnold Genthe's career as a photographer, and fills Boxes 3 through 9. Arranged alphabetically by sitter. Unidentified persons are listed at the end, alphabetically by description.

Genthe began shooting portraits while still living in San Francisco, in 1906; most of his portraiture, however, was done in New York City, where he resided from 1911 until just before his death in 1942. Some of the portraits are classic studio shots, the subjects posed with studio draping (satiny or filmy wraps for the women) against curtained backdrops. These more "serious" portraits include such society and political luminaries as Mary Astor, Sara Delano Roosevelt, and Harry S. Truman, the latter a color portrait (probably taken between 1935 and 1942) in which the then-U.S. senator is seated in a garden with Josef Stalin and other leaders. Actors and artists figured largely both as Genthe's subjects and as his friends, and these portraits are among his most playful and affectionate. Henry Miller mugs in Revolutionary-era costume. A young Jack London, in white shirt and tie, is handsome and rumpled, looking thoroughly modern. Mary Pickford is all flowers and lace, very much "America's Sweetheart." The actress Jeanne Eagels, in flowing robe, laughs with delight as she holds aloft a small dog. A bearded Ezra Pound looks fierce and independent, an artist of no pretension sitting for his portrait in plaid shirt and woolly vest. But perhaps most striking and enduring in this series are Genthe's portraits of Greta Garbo and Edna St. Vincent Millay. The great Garbo is, as ever, her dramatically aloof self; in one exquisite shot she is seen in profile, head tilted back, neck impossibly long; in another, she faces forward, a tragedian with hand grasping throat. The poet and playwright Edna St. Vincent Millay, in an early portrait, is luminous in a simple, sailor-style linen dress, framed by a magnolia tree in bloom. Prints in the series range from about 6 by 5 inches to 17 by 14 inches.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Anglin, Margaret

General note

12 x 8-7/8 inches

undated
Box: 3 Folder : 14 "Anita Zahn in a Garden" [color print]

General note

7-1/4 x 8-13/16 inches; signed "Arnold Genthe, N.Y."

See also: Box 13, Folder 104

undated
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Arden, Elizabeth

General note

13-1/16 x 8-1/8 inches; signed "Arnold Genthe, N.Y."

undated
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Astor, Mary

General note

12-1/2 x 8-1/16 inches

undated
Box: 3 Folder : 17 Atherton, Gertrude

General note

12-15/16 x 9-3/4 inches

undated
Box: 3 Folder : 18 Austin, Mary

General note

13-3/8 x 9-7/16

undated
Box: 3 Folder : 19 Campbell, Mrs. Patrick (Beatrice Stella Cornwallis-West)

General note

9-1/8 x 11-15/16 inches

undated
Box: 3 Folder : 20 Chaliapin, Fyodor [being sculpted by Davidson, Jo]

General note

8-7/8 x 13-1/8 inches

undated
Box: 3 Folder : 21 Chaliapin, Fyodor [with three other Russian artists]

General note

8 x 11 inches

undated
Box: 4 Folder : 22 Chatterton, Ruth

General note

12-10/16 x 8-3/8 inches

undated
Box: 4 Folder : 23 Cole, George Watson

General note

9-9/16 x 7-1/16 inches; signed "Arnold Genthe, N.Y."

1920, Mar. 6
Box: 4 Folder : 24 Cowl, Jane

General note

12-3/16 x 8-15/16 inches

undated
Box: 4 Folder : 25 Day, Juliette [in play Yellow Jacket]

General note

13-3/16 x 9-7/8 inches

undated
Box: 4 Folder : 26 Dragonette, Jessica

General note

13-3/8 x 8-15/16 inches

undated
Box: 4 Folder : 27 Eagels, Jeanne

General note

12-1/2 x 8-15/16 inches

undated
Box: 4 Folder : 28 Eames, Emma

General note

12-15/16 x 8-3/16 inches

undated
Box: 4 Folder : 29 Galsworthy, John

General note

13-3/8 x 9-7/16 inches; signed "Arnold Genthe, N.Y."; "early 1940s" inscribed on verso

[1940-1942]
Box: 5 Folder : 30 Garbo, Greta [facing front]

General note

13-3/16 x 9-5/8 inches ; signed "Arnold Genthe, N.Y."

undated
Box: 5 Folder : 31 Garbo, Greta [left profile]

General note

12-7/8 x 9-5/16 inches; signed "Arnold Genthe, N.Y."

undated
Box: 5 Folder : 32 Garbo, Greta [left profile]

General note

17-1/16 x 13-5/16 inches; signed "Arnold Genthe, N.Y."

undated
Box: 5 Folder : 33 Garbo, Greta [hand at throat]

General note

11-5/16 x 10-1/16 inches

undated
Box: 5 Folder : 34 Hassam, Childe

General note

13-1/2 x 9-15/16 inches

undated
Box: 5 Folder : 35 Kennedy, Madge

General note

11-3/8 x 8-7/8 inches

undated
Box: 5 Folder : 36 Ladd, Schuyler [in play "Yellow Jacket"]

General note

12-13/16 x 9-11/16 inches

undated
Box: 5 Folder : 37 Landi, Elissa

General note

12-5/8 x 8-5/16 inches; Genthe's studio label on verso

undated
Box: 6 Folder : 38 Le Gallienne, Eva

General note

10-1/4 x 7-13/16 inches

undated
Box: 6 Folder : 39 London, Jack

General note

13 x 10-1/8 inches; signed "Arnold Genthe, N.Y."

undated
Box: 6 Folder : 40 Losch, Tilly

General note

12-15/16 x 10-3/8 inches

See also: Box 12, Folders 96 and 97

undated
Box: 6 Folder : 41 Louise, Anita

General note

12-13/16 x 8-7/8 inches

undated
Box: 6 Folder : 42 Margo

General note

12-11/16 x 8-15/16 inches

undated
Box: 6 Folder : 43 McCormack, John

General note

13-1/4 x 10-1/8 inches

undated
Box: 6 Folder : 44 Millay, Edna St. Vincent

General note

12-9/16 x 10 inches

undated
Box: 6 Folder : 45 Miller, Henry [in Revolutionary-era costume]

General note

9-3/4 x 4-1/2 inches; signed "Arnold Genthe, S.F."; autographed by Miller

undated
Box: 6 Folder : 46 Miller, Henry

General note

9-13/16 x 4-7/8 inches; signed "Arnold Genthe, S.F."; autographed by Miller

undated
Box: 7 Folder : 47 Mollison, Amy

General note

13 x 9-5/16 inches

undated
Box: 7 Folder : 48 "New Orleans Mammy"

General note

13-1/16 x 9-7/16 inches

undated
Box: 7 Folder : 49 O'Brien-Moore, Erin

General note

13 x 8-3/4 inches

undated
Box: 7 Folder : 50 Pickford, Mary

General note

13-1/4 x 8-7/8 inches

undated
Box: 7 Folder : 51 Pickford, Mary

General note

13-1/4 x 9-13/16 inches

undated
Box: 7 Folder : 52 Pound, Ezra

General note

13-1/2 x 10-1/8 inches

undated
Box: 7 Folder : 53 Roosevelt, Sara Delano (Mrs. James)

General note

13-1/4 x 10-1/16 inches; signed "Arnold Genthe, N.Y."

undated
Box: 7 Folder : 54 Roosevelt, Sara Delano (Mrs. James)

General note

13-7/16 x 9-13/16 inches; signed "Arnold Genthe, N.Y."

undated
Box: 8 Folder : 55 Sharaff, Irene [Black-and-white print]

General note

13-1/4 x 9-3/4 inches

undated
Box: 8 Folder : 56 Sharaff, Irene [Half-tone print]

General note

6-3/8 x 4-3/8 inches

undated
Box: 8 Folder : 57 Stokowski, Leopold

General note

13-1/4 x 9-3/4 inches

undated
Box: 8 Folder : 58 Terry, Ellen, Dame

General note

13-7/16 x 10-3/16 inches

undated
Box: 8 Folder : 59 Truman, Harry S. [with Stalin and other leaders; color print],

General note

8-3/16 x 10-5/16 inches

undated
Box: 8 Folder : 60 Wald, Lillian D.

General note

9-1/2 x 7-1/4 inches

undated
Unidentified
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 61 [Actor, portraying Cardinal Richelieu?; color print]

General note

9-9/16 x 7 inches

undated
Box: 8 Folder : 62 [Actress; half-tone print]

General note

7-1/4 x 5-1/16 inches

undated
Box: 9 Folder : 63 "Chinese Theatre, New York"

General note

10-7/8 x 12-9/16 inches

undated
Box: 9 Folder : 64 [Chinese woman and child; color print]

General note

8-1/2 x 5-3/8 inches

undated
Box: 9 Folder : 65 [Man in costume, Chinese Theatre, N.Y.]

General note

13-9/16 x 10-1/4 inches

undated
Box: 9 Folder : 66 [Man in naval uniform]

General note

9-1/8 x 5-1/8 inches; signed "Arnold Genthe"

undated
Box: 9 Folder : 67 [Turn-of-the-century woman with baby]

General note

8-15/16 x 5 inches

undated
Box: 9 Folder : 68 [Two girls; color print]

General note

7-1/4 x 8-9/16 inches

undated
Box: 9 Folder : 69 [Two girls; color print]

General note

7-7/16 x 9-1/8 inches

undated
Box: 9 Folder : 70 [Woman with Chinese scroll; half-tone print]

General note

6-1/2 x 4-15/16 inches; "Arnold Genthe" typeset below print

undated

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