Portrait of Kill Kare Kouple, John Hennings

Portrait of Kill Kare Couple, John Hennings
Inventory
Collection Number: 
17630
Building: 
Current Location: 
Storage Room 303
Floor: 
Lower Level/Vault
Object Description
Artist: 
Artist Dates: 
1884-1982
Artist Nationality: 
American
Object Type: 
Details: 
This is a sepia-toned reproduction photograph print of John Henning of the Kill Kare Kouple.
Framed: 
Yes
 - Glass
Length: 
25 inches
Width: 
1 inch
Height: 
31 inches
Description: 

John and Winnie Henning were early vaudeville performers who comprised the Kill Kare Kouple. They adopted this name with a popular act they performed together wherein Winnie would play various instruments while John danced his famed "Grasshopper Dance", the two exchanging comedic banter all the while. They toured overseas and with the onset of World War I, John would perform in hospitals and on military bases for servicemen and women. When he came back to the states in the thirties vaudeville was on the decline and John acted in one Hollywood film "The Poor Millionaire" (1930) before his sickness, possibly contrived after exposure to poison gas during his war tour, and declining career drove him to retire with Winnie to their home in St. Joseph, Missouri. He is photographed here in formal wear and tweed golf cap, crossing his arms and offering a meek grin to the camera. Hixon applied white hatching in the background surrounding Henning's figure, a signature photo manipulation Hixon used in many of his works.

Reproduce the Work in Library publications/publicity, including film or videotape: 
Yes
Make slides or videotapes for educational use: 
Yes
Permit the general public to photograph the work : 
Yes