Portrait of Vivian Duncan

Portrait of Vivian Duncan
Inventory
Collection Number: 
17543
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 radio, theater and silent film star, Vivian Duncan.
Framed: 
Yes
 - Glass
Length: 
25 inches
Width: 
1 inch
Height: 
31 inches
Description: 

A sepia-toned photograph of Vivian Duncan. Duncan was an American actress and motion picture figure of the 1920s. She performed with her sisters Rosetta and Evelyn, as the Duncan Sisters, and was noted for the radio persona in Topsy and Eva. Later Rosetta and Vivian would find greater success as a vaudevillian duo with the stage act Topsy and Eva. Rosetta played the part of Topsy. In a contemporary context, this character is viewed as an insensitive role, as the persona was portrayed in blackface. Her older sister Vivian played the more subdued and innocent Eva. Rosetta accentuated her role with enthusiasm and skill, whereas Vivian would employ a comedic innocence, appearing bashful yet aggressively coy. Topsy and Eva, the silent film, was released in 1927. This print captures Duncan in her youth, standing very erect, poised on her the tips of her toes, appearing slightly freighted as she stares to her left at a black cat arching its back. Duncan is attired in a short lace trimmed dress and matching pantaloons.

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