. Original silver-gelatin print, 16cm x 21cm (ca 6"x8"), printed without borders. Embossed stamp in upper right of image: "Photo. by E.G. Robeson". Annotated in pencil on verso: "Paul / 1939" (possibly in Eslanda Robeson's hand); further annotated, in a different hand: "Paul Robeson 1939 / photo by Eslanda Goode Robeson (Wife)." Small scuff to background, upper right; mild corner-crease, still a bright, Near Fine image.
An attractive photographic bust portrait of actor/singer/political radical Paul Robeson at mid-career. Eslanda Goode Robeson (1895-1965), though now remembered primarily as Paul Robeson's wife and business manager, was herself a highly-regarded scholar, artist, and political activist. Her portraits of Robeson, as well as her anthropological portraits of African tribal subjects, display a strong degree of compositional and technical artistry, perhaps influenced by her close friendship with author/photographer Carl Van Vechten.