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Silhouettes
Silhouette cutting originated in the early 1700's. Silhouettists were hired as an amusement by those that could afford it in society, the artist attending the extravagant event and cutting the profiles of the distinguished company. All the latest fashions and elaborate wigs were thereby captured and are available today as an excellent social record. This in itself is a reason to collect and study silhouettes. The art of silhouette cutting reached its "golden age" in the 1800's, artists travelling to county fairs and small towns capturing the profiles of a multitude  of ordinary people and therefore contributing to social history. The art form moved across the Atlantic too. This was also the time of miniature portraiture, but the cost was outside the range of most people's income, so the comparatively inexpensive option for silhouettes before the advent of the film camera was the easiest way to record the generations.  
Young Girl with CatYoung Girl with Cat
This charming painted silhouette is framed in a reeded frame with gilt slip. The hair is well gilted, and the detail and colour of the dress beautifully executed, with collar and sleeve in Chinese white, and a wash base including shadows. The clothing pla...(more details)
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Silhouette by William Hamlet the ElderSilhouette by William Hamlet the Elder
This silhouette came to me with the attribution of Charles Rosenberg, but the bust base/termination does not demonstrate any of Rosenberg's distinct characteristics. So I think it is more likely to be by William Hamlet the Elder (fl 1785-1816). The McKech...(more details)
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Silhouette on GlassSilhouette on Glass
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 despit...(more details)
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Edouart Silhouette 1837Edouart Silhouette 1837
Augustin Amant Constant Edouart (1780-1862) was the outstanding profilist during the reign of William 1V and the early years of Victoria's reign. He was a prolific worker and thousands of his portraits exist in Britain and the United States. Most of his w...(more details)
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A Cut and Gilded Silhouette C1825A Cut and Gilded Silhouette C1825
A truly delightful little silhouette cut out and applied to card, and then embellished with gilt highlights. It is mounted in an oval fruit wood frame with concave glass. The dating points from the dress and hairstyle are the Apollo knot with decorative b...(more details)
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A Hollow Cut SilhouetteA Hollow Cut Silhouette
A very pretty hollow-cut silhouette in papier-mache frame, acorn hanger, and concave glass. The black is on old paper which has been lamp-blacked, and the old laid paper used for the cut-out is pushed against the curved glass with a wool packing to the ba...(more details)
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Alfred Herve (1812-1879) SilhouetteAlfred Herve (1812-1879) Silhouette
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 ...(more details)
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William Alport SihouetteWilliam Alport Sihouette
This silhouette is of the Reverand Thomas Brown of Dalkeith. It is by William Alport (d 1831) as determined by the definitive lines to the rear base of the painting. It is painted on card in black, but not too intense, and is typical in that most of his s...(more details)
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Silhouette, Lady facing Right with Book and TableSilhouette, Lady facing Right with Book and Table
This painted and cut out silhouette is heightened in gold and has the added interest of the painted interior background, the tripod table and quill pen and ink pot. The dress of the subject has some interesting dating features. The mob cap has a tie to on...(more details)
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Silhouette by William Hamlet the ElderSilhouette by William Hamlet the Elder
Silhouette by William Hamlet the Elder (fl 1785-1816). The McKechnie reference directs us to the main entry in Section 3 - silhouettes on glass which was the primary medium for this artist. However, this belongs in Section 2 - painted on card, as here, or...(more details)
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Military Silhouette in Original Leather Display CaseMilitary Silhouette in Original Leather Display Case
A well executed coloured watercolour silhouette painted on paper. This is unsigned and contained within the original leather and felt folding easel display, complete with hook catches to the top and bottom. The case is in remarkably good condition and has...(more details)
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Silhouette by William Hamlet the ElderSilhouette by William Hamlet the Elder
Silhouette by William Hamlet the Elder (fl 1785-1816). The McKechnie reference directs us to the main entry in Section 3 - silhouettes on glass which was the primary medium for this artist. However, this belongs in Section 2 - painted on card, as here, or...(more details)
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Pair of painted silhouettes in brass frames 1820Pair of painted silhouettes in brass frames 1820
This beautiful pair of watercolour silhouettes is of unknown sitters, but there is a difficult to read name au verso probably” White”. They are highlighted with what appears to be Antwerp blue. The gentleman's hair is waved, highest ...(more details)
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Frith Silhouette Mr AJ Lambe 1845Frith Silhouette Mr AJ Lambe 1845
Another family silhouette of the Lambe family - Mr AJ Lambe - dated 1845, again in undisturbed condition. Au verso it identifies the sitter on an affixed label. The silhouette is signed and dated bottom right hand side. The original framing was done by Ai...(more details)
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HA Frith Silhouette of Young GirlHA Frith Silhouette of Young Girl
A beautiful watercolour cut silhouette, unsigned. Within a rosewood frame with gilt slip, she is looking left whilst holding a scarf. The watercolour includes "bronzed" highlights throughout achieved by yellow ochre pigment which places this exa...(more details)
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J Frith Silhouette Mr U Wight 1845J Frith Silhouette Mr U Wight 1845
A very fine family silhouette of the Mr U Wight 1845 dated 1845, again in undisturbed condition. Au verso it identifies the sitter on an affixed label. The silhouette is signed and dated bottom right left hand side. The original framing was done by Aitken...(more details)
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Frith Silhouette Mrs Ann Margaret Wight 1835Frith Silhouette Mrs Ann Margaret Wight 1835
A beautifully cut and highlighted silhouette in undisturbed condition. Au verso it identifies Mrs Ann Margaret Wight (or Lambe), born 1802 and died 1894. The silhouette was taken on the eve of sailing for Calcutta in 1835. The original framing was done by...(more details)
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Frith Silhouette of Anna Wilhelmina Lambe (aged 3) 1848Frith Silhouette of Anna Wilhelmina Lambe (aged 3) 1848
This beautiful cut and highlighted silhouette is in undisturbed condition. As clearly stated on the back it depicts Anna Wilhelmina Lambe at the age of 3 in 1848, being the sister of David Wight Lambe. Later she became Mrs DF Underhill. The original ...(more details)
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Boy Facing RightBoy Facing Right
Silhouette of a boy, profile to the right, English School, C1830, wearing a peaked cap with tassel. This is a cut out on card within an oval verre eglomise surround (with silver oval inset) and walnut frame. The style of the hat is a good means ...(more details)
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Miers Studio Silhouette by J FieldMiers Studio Silhouette by J Field
This silhouette is painted upon plaster of an unknown lady sitter, and is unsigned. The Trade Label is number 12 (Double-Letter) of John Miers, as seen on page 1366 of the McKechnie reference, and in the pictures. This dates the item to 1810-21 and specif...(more details)
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Silhouette by Mr W SevilleSilhouette by Mr W Seville
This silhouette was cut by either Mr FW Seville or his father, Mr W Seville. They worked in the period 1818-1845 and there is considerable detail within the McKechnie reference, primarily on page 269. The Sevilles came from Manchester and executed po...(more details)
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Policemen PCPolicemen PC
Whilst looking for silhouette pictures I came across this one! It is a sort of silhouette, a printed picture of a Police Constable with the script: "Am sending you a PC for your collection". It has a 1/2d stamp cancelled with the Bexhill on Sea ...(more details)
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Silhouette Boy Standing Facing RightSilhouette Boy Standing Facing Right
Silhouette of a boy facing right, set within a verre eglomise glass surround and period gilt frame. A wonderful full length gilt highlighted silhouette of a boy in period dress. The picture is dated to about 1800-1820 as indicated by the dress of the time...(more details)
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Painted Silhouette of a Girl with BookPainted Silhouette of a Girl with Book
A delightful painted silhouette portraying a girl with a book, looking left, within a landscape background. It is highlighted in both white to the dress and gilt to the hair, dress and book. It is on paper. The image within the gilt slip is 16 cms x 19 cm...(more details)
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HMS MarlboroughHMS Marlborough
“HMS Marlborough”, an exceptional silhouette on glass of this ship and other rigged vessels with stylised water and wonderful detail. There were a number of vessels so named, but this one probably carries the following detail: A third rate (cl...(more details)
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Captain Oakley Silhouette LadyCaptain Oakley Silhouette Lady
A later watercolour signed cutout silhouette (C1920)  of a lady facing left by Capt Harry Lawrence Oakley (1882-1960). This artist was much admired by John Woodiwiss in his book “British Silhouettes” (pag...(more details)
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Captain Oakley Silhouette GentlemanCaptain Oakley Silhouette Gentleman
A later watercolour signed cutout silhouette (C1920)  of a gentleman facing left by Capt Harry Lawrence Oakley (1882-1960). This artist was much admired by John Woodiwiss in his book “British Silhouettes”...(more details)
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Family Set of five gilted silhouettesFamily Set of five gilted silhouettes
A family group of five individual cut silhouettes with beautiful gilt embellishment. There is no indication of the artist or the sitters. The damaged frame (not original) is replaced with a simple gilt cushion moulding. ...(more details)
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Family Set of four gilted silhouettesFamily Set of four gilted silhouettes
A beautiful family group of four individuals captured within the silhouette process. They are in the manner of Miers, painted upon card, and excellently embellished with gilt highlights. Each is dated and on the back of the parent's pictures are the name ...(more details)
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Watercolour Portrait by AE MorrellWatercolour Portrait by AE Morrell
This watercolour portrait is a classic Victorian piece. Dated 1838, the year of the coronation of Queen Victoria, it is signed A E Morrell, an artist who clearly had wonderful talent. The features are delicate and the detail beautiful. The dress has a deg...(more details)
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F Frith Silhouette of Gentleman 1849F Frith Silhouette of Gentleman 1849
A beautiful watercolour cut silhouette, signed Frith and dated 1846. Within a maple frame with the original gilt  bevelled mount, he is looking left whilst wearing his hat and holding his cane. The watercolour includes "bronzed" highlights ...(more details)
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Silhouette by Isabella BeethamSilhouette by Isabella Beetham
This beautiful silhouette is executed on convex glass by Isabella Beetham (1753-1825). She used a finger print base, leaving the face black and the rest hatched and using the needle for highlights from 1785, as here. The base exhibits the classic double c...(more details)
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HA Frith Silhouette of Gentleman 1849HA Frith Silhouette of Gentleman 1849
A beautiful watercolour cut silhouette, signed Frith and dated 1849. Within a rosewood frame with the original gilt surround, he is looking left whilst holding his hat. The watercolour includes "bronzed" highlights to the head achieved by yellow...(more details)
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