Alfred Herve (1812-1879), the Count de la Monniere was a member of a family that were well known for silhouette portraiture, but their family tree looks to be somewhat confusing, as does the list of addresses they purportedly lived in. To make some sense of this and relate it to this lovely silhouette we are fortunate to have a stencil on the original back board, as can be seen in the pictures. This was the address given in directory entries. He worked from 1837 to 1847, but most of his work appears to have been done c1838-1843. His probable uncle (Charles Herve II) lived at the address on the stencil. Alfred painted his silhouettes in colour as were some cut silhouettes, as here. The gold is finely applied and the blue badge, buttons, and cuff buttons, and bronze belt are distinctive. As he only worked as a silhouette artist for 10 years his work is very rare, and his definite attribution would make this even more so. Framed in the original rosewood frame with gilt slip.