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1914

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Silhouette, Portrait in Silhouette

This is a Silhouette. It was created by Augustin-Amant-Constance Fidele Edouart. It is dated 1839-1849 and we acquired it in 1914. Its medium is scissor-cut black paper on white paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This object was donated by Arthur S. Vernay. It is credited Gift of Arthur S. Vernay.

Its dimensions are

19.4 × 10.6 cm (7 5/8 × 4 3/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Manuscript label on recto. Inscription on verso: "Henrietta Slave of B Favat Young of Natchez New Orleans 21st Janry 1844." Black frame labelled: "This silhouette... was cut by August Edouart during his visit to the United States 1839-1849. Arthur S. Vernay, 12 East 45th Street New York."

Cite this object as

Silhouette, Portrait in Silhouette; Augustin-Amant-Constance Fidele Edouart (French, active England and USA, 1789 - 1861); scissor-cut black paper on white paper; 19.4 × 10.6 cm (7 5/8 × 4 3/16 in.); Gift of Arthur S. Vernay; 1914-42-3

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