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Portrait of Emma Haig Gazing Downward
Emma Haig was born Emma Haig McGowan on January 21st 1898, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Haig was a theater performer during the vaudevillian era whose career included many notable musicals. Some of Haig’s most well-known featured parts were in the following stage performances: the musical revue “Ziegfeld Follies 1916”, the musical revue “Miss 1917”, the 1918 musical revue “Hitchy-Koo”, the 1919 musical romance “The Magic Melody”, the 1921 musical “Music Box Revue”, the 1922 musical melodrama “Our Nell”, the 1923 musical comedy “Rise of Rosie O’Reilly”, and the 1925 musical comedy “Tell Me More”. Haig passed away at a very young age, only 41, in Hollywood, California. In this portrait Haig wears an off the shoulder summer dress with a lace patterned short sleeve top. The waist of the garment is adorned with a blossoming flower and the skirt flows with a mesh like material. The persona captured in this photograph speaks to the feeling of relaxed sanctity. She cradles a black book to her chest with her left arm and peers thoughtfully downward. Haig’s right arm is adorned with black ribbon on her wrist and extends outward resting on her knee. Haig’s shadow is hazily cast behind her on the light backdrop. The bottom left of the photograph is signed "Hixon Studio K.C. MO."