Portrait of Nance O'Neil with Fan

Portrait of Nance O'Neil with Fan
Inventory
Collection Number: 
17586
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 Nance O'Neil.
Framed: 
Yes
 - Glass
Length: 
25 inches
Width: 
1 inches
Height: 
31 inches
Description: 

Nance O'Neil was called the American Bernhardt, playing significant roles such as Lady Macbeth and Camille. She moved from theatre to silent film 1915 after signing with William Fox. She was overshadowed by Fox's other star Theda Bara and returned to the theatre in 1918. Nance came back to talking films around 1929 and appeared in several early sound pictures. She has been quoted saying that "tradition has made women cowardly". In this portrait, she looks down and to the right away from the camera with a heavy gaze. She is draped in layers of mesh and black fabric. She rests one hand over her heart while the other holds a long paper fan that rests on her neck.

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