Date of Printing: 1920s Medium: Photograph (B&W) Silver Platinum Print Subject Category: Collectibles Signed: Photographer's Stamp on Verso Period Created: Modern (1900 - 1950) Plate Size HxWxD cm: NA Leaf Paper Size HxW cm: 24 x 19 Style: Original Vintage Print on Verso: Photographer's stamp on verso Condition: Good Edition Type: Original Print Paper Type: Baryt, Archival Quality Framed: Unframed
We are proud to be able to present an ORIGINAL 8x10" Hollywood glamour portrait of silent filmstar Lina Basquette by Russell Ball. Basquette is posed laying on a large art deco chair.Printed on thick baryt paper. Good condition, though there are three pin marks on each of the four corners. Slight bend on lower mid section.
Photographer's own stamp appears on the verso.Also the star's name typewritten, although wrongly as "Lena Basquette".One of our rare 1920s glamour shots -- a true rarity.These shots go for thousands of dollars in auction houses these days, snapped up by collectors.
Russell Ball was an independent photographer who worked out of his studio in Hollywood, California.He also worked as a stills photographer for many films in the 1920s and 30s.His work is collected by collectors of art photography world-wise, and many of his works are in the Getty Museum collection.
Lina Basquette (born Lena Copeland Baskette; April 19, 1907 – September 30, 1994), was an American actress. She is noted for her 75-year career in entertainment, which began during the silent film era. Talented as a dancer, she was paid as a girl for performing and gained her first film contract at age nine. In her acting career, Basquette may have been best known for her role as Judith in The Godless Girl (1929) The film was based on the life of Queen Silver, known as a 20th-century child prodigy, and feminist and Socialist activist.
Basquette also was noted for her several marriages, including her first, to the much older noted producer, Sam Warner, founder of Warner Bros. film studio. She had several marriages and a tumultuous personal life.When her film career declined, she returned for a period to dancing and stage performances. After she retired from the entertainment world, in 1947 Basquette moved to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where she became a noted breeder of Great Danes; her dogs won numerous professional show prizes. She wrote several books on dog breeding as well. Later living in West Virginia, she also served as a judge for the American Kennel Club, and wrote a column.