This dense black silhouette is painted on convex glass and is beautifully shadowed on to a bone oval plate. It is housed in a brass oval ring set in a classic papier mache frame. Having researched extensively it is not evident who the artist may be despite the “signature” of an M to the bottom left hand side. The dress style and Gainsborough hat tilted to one side (evident from 1783 onward) is of the late 1790’s. Striped materials were also very popular at this time. Feathers in hats do not help dating as they were popular in all dress and costume periods. This glamorous lady is wonderfully painted. The artist has used the needle to accentuate the hair and feathers, but not the dress. The hanger is a a rather low key affair when compared with others of the period.