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    Artist Name:

    Clarence John Laughlin

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    American, 1905–1985


    The Florid Dress


    1941, printed 1979


    Gelatin silver print


    13 1/2 × 10 1/2 inches

    Credit Line:

    Gift of Lucinda W. Bunnen for the Bunnen Collection

    Accession Number:


    Currently Not on View
    Clarence John Laughlin said of this photograph that it "takes us to the simple whitewashed cabin, on a Louisiana bayou, of Mrs. Ida Turner, descendant of slaves. She is wearing a floral pattern that contrasts boldly with the sunlit wood. Below hangs the chain to which the cow is usually tied and the tub at which the pigs are fed—playing parts in the design of the picture, as they do in the life of Ida Turner herself.”

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