Portrait of Olsen and Johnson in Three-Quarter Pose
John Sigvand “Ole” Olsen and Harold Ogden “Chic” Johnson were American comedians of vaudeville, radio, stage, motion pictures and television. Olsen and Johnson partnered in 1914 perfecting their comedy during the vaudeville era. Olsen and Johnson were also Broadway sensations most noted for their comedy “Hellzapoppin” that opened in 1938 and would later become a major motion picture. Olsen and Johnson had occasional television appearances later in their career. This three-quarter length pose portrait depicts both men formally dressed. Johnson offers a quaint smile while Olsen remains serious. This portrait is far more standard in contrast to their artistic, "Head on a Platter", portrait also by Hixon and exists in this collection.