SP - Signed PhotoLangston Hughes. African American Novelist. Early signed portrait of Langston Hughes at the age of 30, a year after winning the Harmon Gold Medal for his first novel Not Without Laughter. Gelatin silver print, 10 x 8 inches, James L. Allen, photographer. New York, 10 November 1931. Photographer's embossed stamp on recto and inked stamp on verso; signed and dated "Sincerely, Langston Hughes" in ink on recto and additionally signed on verso. The young Hughes is dressed in a three piece suit and looks directly into the camera with a determined expression. Black photographer James Latimer Allen (1907-1977) was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance. We trace no other examples of this portrait, although a very similar portrait from the same sitting is held in the Langston Hughes papers at Yale's Beinecke Library. Losses in margin of two corners but does not affect image, moderate wear and creasing, three skillfully repaired closed tears and other light conservation. Overall very good condition.