Portrait of Nora Bayes

Portrait of Nora Bayes
Inventory
Collection Number: 
17621
Building: 
Current Location: 
Storage Room 303
Floor: 
Lower Level/Vault
Object Description
Artist: 
Artist Dates: 
1884-1982
Artist Nationality: 
American
Object Type: 
Details: 
A sepia toned reproduction photograph-print of Nora Bayes.
Framed: 
Yes
 - Glass
Length: 
25 inches
Width: 
1 inch
Height: 
31 inches
Description: 

Nora Bayes was a vaudevillian comedic performer. At the age of 18, Bayes entered Vaudeville. She was an effortless singer and could put over any song. By 1898, vaudeville was becoming accepted as a form of family entertainment. Bayes was a beauty with a husky voice and sold the songs with a vivacious manner. Her effortless delivery won over every audience. Bayes comedic and acting abilities made her perfect for the times. She was a successful songwriter with credits for such big hits as "Shine On Harvest Moon". Bayes introduced and recorded many other popular songs like "Over There", "Japanese Sandman" and "How Ya Gonna Keep Em Down On The Farm". Warner Brothers produced a 1944 fictionalized movie "Shine On Harvest Moon" about her life which included many of her songs. In this portrait, Bayes is centered and posed in a side view gazing right. She is formerly attired, wearing a dark dress with a pleated belt. Her outfit is accentuated by the fur stole draped over her left arm and plumed hat. Bayes accessories include a simple metal necklace, two beringed fingers and a wrist watch on her left arm. A single long stemmed rose accentuates her attire, as the stem appears to be tucked into her belt, and the bloom is nestled against her chest. The background of the print appears to be chemically altered to provide a cross-hatched aura to the center figure. In the lower right corner the signature "Hixon-Connelly- K.C." is apparent.

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