Chicago: n.d. (1930s). 8 X 10 inch black and white gelatin silver print on textured matte-surface paper, with photographer's studio insignia in lower left corner. A bit of a wrinkle at the upper right corner, otherwise just about fine. Item #206233
An excellent publicity portrait of Ellington in his prime, inscribed and signed: "To the most charming Carine, loads o luck, Duke." The "Maurice" studio in Chicago was Ellington's preferred provider of publicity photos and they produced many over the years. This one shows a young and confident-looking Ellington looking directly at the camera.