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Silhouette

Is the image of a person, animal, object or scene represented as a solid shape of a single colour, usually black, with its edges matching the outline of the subject.Created by: PICRYL - Public Domain Media Search EngineDated: 0001
Therese forster - Public domain portrait engraving
The interior of a silhouette is featureless, and the silhouette is usually presented on a light background, usually white, or none at all. The silhouette differs from an outline, which depicts the edge of an object in a linear form, while a silhouette appears as a solid shape. Silhouette images may be created in any visual artistic medium, but were first used to describe pieces of cut paper, which were then stuck to a backing in a contrasting colour, and often framed.

Cutting portraits, generally in profile, from black card became popular in the mid-18th century, though the term silhouette was seldom used until the early decades of the 19th century, and the tradition has continued under this name into the 21st century. They represented a cheap but effective alternative to the portrait miniature, and skilled specialist artists could cut a high-quality bust portrait, by far the most common style, in a matter of minutes, working purely by eye. Other artists, especially from about 1790, drew an outline on paper, then painted it in, which could be equally quick.
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Anna Lvovna Naryshkina - Public domain portrait drawing

Anna Lvovna Naryshkina - Public domain portrait drawing

Русский: Анна Львовна Нарышкина, была замужем за польским князем Понинским. Public domain scan of silhouette drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Natalia Zagryazhskaya - Public domain portrait drawing

Natalia Zagryazhskaya - Public domain portrait drawing

Русский: Наталья Кирилловна Загряжская (1747-1837), ур. Разумовская Public domain scan of silhouette drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

P.K.Gudovich - A black and white silhouette of a woman

P.K.Gudovich - A black and white silhouette of a woman

Русский: Прасковья Кирилловна Разумовская (1755—1808), фрейлина, замуж за генерал-фельдмаршалом И.В.Гудовичем (1741—1820).

Apraksina Razumovskay - A black and white silhouette of a woman

Apraksina Razumovskay - A black and white silhouette of a woman

Русский: Елизавета Кирилловна Апраксина, ур. Разумовская (1749—1813), фрейлина, с 1776 года была замужем за Петром Фёдоровичем Апраксиным (1728—1813).

Peter Caspar Wessel-Brown by Limprecht - 18th silhouette portrait

Peter Caspar Wessel-Brown by Limprecht - 18th silhouette portrait

Peter Caspar Wessel-Brown Public domain scan of silhouette drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Therese forster - Public domain portrait engraving

Therese forster - Public domain portrait engraving

Madame Forster = Therese geb. Heyne Public domain scan of silhouette drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Christian Knudsen - 18th silhouette portrait

Christian Knudsen - 18th silhouette portrait

Christian Knudsen (1752-1813) Public domain photograph of 18th-century male portrait painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

E. D. Kusheleva - Public domain portrait drawing

E. D. Kusheleva - Public domain portrait drawing

Русский: Елизавета Дмитриевна Кушелева, ур. Ланская (ум. 1822) Public domain scan of silhouette drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Apraksina - A black and white silhouette of a woman in a headdress

Apraksina - A black and white silhouette of a woman in a headdress

Русский: Графиня Мария Александровна Вальдштейн (1756-1820/1825), была в числе первых воспитанниц учрежденного в 1763 году Воспитательного Общества благородных девиц в Петербурге, окончили институт с шифром в ... More

Jørgen Kierulf - 18th silhouette portrait

Jørgen Kierulf - 18th silhouette portrait

Jørgen Kierulf Public domain photograph of 18th-century male portrait painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Sofia Elmpt - Public domain portrait print

Sofia Elmpt - Public domain portrait print

Русский: Баронесса Софья Ивановна Эльмпт, фрейлина, замужем за генерал-поручиком П. И. Турчаниновым.

John Brown 1723-1808 - 18th silhouette portrait

John Brown 1723-1808 - 18th silhouette portrait

John Brown (1723-1808), Danish merchant, shipowner, and estate owner Public domain scan of silhouette drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Johann Kaspar Lavater - Lavater Silhouette

Johann Kaspar Lavater - Lavater Silhouette

Deutsch: Getuschte Silhouette Johann Kaspar Lavaters auf Karton mit eigenhändiger Signatur Lavaters um 1780

M. L. Naryshkina - Public domain portrait drawing

M. L. Naryshkina - Public domain portrait drawing

Мария Львовна Нарышкина, третья жена Феликса Станиславовича Любомирского (1747—1819). Public domain scan of silhouette drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

PPN663955629 Klopstock - 18th silhouette portrait

PPN663955629 Klopstock - 18th silhouette portrait

Deutsch: Klopstock Public domain scan of 18th-century portrait print, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Maria Palovna Narychkine1 - Public domain portrait drawing

Maria Palovna Narychkine1 - Public domain portrait drawing

Мария Павловна Нарышкина, ур. Бланк-Полевая (1728-1793) Public domain scan of silhouette drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Sophie Ossipowna Apraxine1 - Public domain portrait drawing

Sophie Ossipowna Apraxine1 - Public domain portrait drawing

Русский: Графиня Софья Осиповна Апраксина, урождённая Закревская (1743—18??) Public domain scan of silhouette drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Ekaterina Lvovna Golovkina (Naryshkina)

Ekaterina Lvovna Golovkina (Naryshkina)

Русский: Графиня Екатерина Львовна Головкина, урожд. Нарышкина (1762-1820) Public domain photograph of 18th-century female portrait painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Bernhard Albrecht Moll His Sister Jeanette

Bernhard Albrecht Moll His Sister Jeanette

Deutsch: Bernhard Albrecht Moll (1743–1788): Seine Schwester Jeanette. Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.

Anonymous Petronela Oborska - Public domain print

Anonymous Petronela Oborska - Public domain print

Public domain photograph of 18th-century portrait painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Hans Naess 02 - 18th silhouette portrait

Hans Naess 02 - 18th silhouette portrait

Hans Pedersen Næss, Danish architect Public domain scan of silhouette drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Christian von Mechel - 18th silhouette portrait

Christian von Mechel - 18th silhouette portrait

Portrait of Swiss engraver Christian von Mechel (1737-1815) Public domain scan of silhouette drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

A. I. Osterman - Public domain portrait drawing

A. I. Osterman - Public domain portrait drawing

Русский: Александра Ивановна Остерман, ур. Талызина (1745—1793) Public domain scan of silhouette drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Anna Matyushkina (Gagarina) - Public domain portrait engraving

Anna Matyushkina (Gagarina) - Public domain portrait engraving

Русский: Анна Алексеевна Матюшкина, ур.Гагарина (1722-3.05.1804). Public domain scan of silhouette drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Lexell - 18th silhouette portrait

Lexell - 18th silhouette portrait

Silhouette portrait of Anders Johan Lexell. Public domain scan of silhouette drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Sievers E - A black and white silhouette of a man with a bird on his head

Sievers E - A black and white silhouette of a man with a bird on his h...

Княгиня Елизавета Карловна Путятина, ур. Сиверс (1746—1818), в первом браке за Я.Сиверсом, во втором за князем Н. А. Путятиным. Её внебрачная дочь от А. Вяземского, Екатерина Андреевна Колыванова (1780—1851) б... More

Juliana Marie Jessen 1760-1832 - Public domain portrait engraving

Juliana Marie Jessen 1760-1832 - Public domain portrait engraving

Dansk: Juliana Marie Jessen (11.2.1760-6.10.1832), dansk forfatterinde Public domain scan of silhouette drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Passek V - A black and white silhouette of a man in a hat

Passek V - A black and white silhouette of a man in a hat

Русский: Варвара Петровна Пассек (1761—1787), фрейлина, дочь генерал-губернатора П. Б. Пассека.

Hans Hinrich Zielche by Limprecht 01 - 18th silhouette portrait

Hans Hinrich Zielche by Limprecht 01 - 18th silhouette portrait

Depicted person: Hans Hinrich Zielche Public domain photograph of 18th-century male portrait painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

PPN663955629 Klopstock - 18th silhouette portrait

PPN663955629 Klopstock - 18th silhouette portrait

Deutsch: Klopstock Public domain scan of 18th-century portrait print, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

M. IIzmaylova, Russian Empire

M. IIzmaylova, Russian Empire

Русский: Мария Алексеевна Измайлова (30.01.1763—24.11.1812), с 1803 года замужем за Н. Е. Мясоедовым.

Christian Samuel Barth - 18th silhouette portrait

Christian Samuel Barth - 18th silhouette portrait

Dansk: Beskrivelse: Silhuet af oboisten Christian Samuel Barth fremstillet af Weitlandt

JA Leisewitz Tafel XV - 18th silhouette portrait

JA Leisewitz Tafel XV - 18th silhouette portrait

Deutsch: Silhouette (Schattenriss) den Dichter Johann Anton Leisewitz zeigend Public domain photograph of 18th-century male portrait painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Nathalia Lvovna Sollogub (Naryshkina)

Nathalia Lvovna Sollogub (Naryshkina)

Русский: Наталья Львовна Соллогуб, ур.Нарышкина (176.-1819), с 1781 года жена Ивана Антоновича Соллогуба (ум.1812), их внук писатель В.А.Соллогуб.

Didrik Carl Lorentz by Weitlandt - 18th silhouette portrait

Didrik Carl Lorentz by Weitlandt - 18th silhouette portrait

Didrik Carl Lorentz (1749-1832), Danish General Public domain scan of silhouette drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Johann Jakob Gradmann Schattenriss 1791

Johann Jakob Gradmann Schattenriss 1791

Schattenriss des Johann Jakob Gradmann, evangelischen Pfarrers zu Ravensburg, Kupferstich aus Kurze Betrachtungen über biblische Stellen für Leidende, Tübingen 1791

Christian Samuel Barth - 18th silhouette portrait

Christian Samuel Barth - 18th silhouette portrait

Depicted person: Christian Samuel Barth Public domain scan of silhouette drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Riegels silhouet - Public domain portrait print

Riegels silhouet - Public domain portrait print

Public domain reproduction of portrait print, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

PPN663955661 F. G. Klopstock - 18th silhouette portrait

PPN663955661 F. G. Klopstock - 18th silhouette portrait

Deutsch: F. G. Klopstock Public domain scan of 18th-century portrait print, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

PPN663955661 F. G. Klopstock - 18th silhouette portrait

PPN663955661 F. G. Klopstock - 18th silhouette portrait

Deutsch: F. G. Klopstock Public domain scan of 18th-century portrait print, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

T. A.Talyzina, Russian Empire

T. A.Talyzina, Russian Empire

Русский: Татьяна Александровна Талызина, в первом браке за М. Я. Гедеоновым (1756—1802), во втором — за тверским губернским предводителем дворянства С. А. Шишкиным.

Ditlev Ludvig Rogert - 18th silhouette portrait

Ditlev Ludvig Rogert - 18th silhouette portrait

Ditlev Ludvig Rogert (1742-1813), Danish judge and violinist Public domain photograph of 18th-century male portrait painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Fingerring av guld med siluett och text, 1700-tal - Hallwylska museet - 110244

Fingerring av guld med siluett och text, 1700-tal - Hallwylska museet ...

Note: For documentary purposes the original description has been retained. Factual corrections and alternative descriptions are encouraged separately from the original description.Fingerring av guld med siluet... More

Anastsia Neledinsky-Meletsky, Russian Empire

Anastsia Neledinsky-Meletsky, Russian Empire

Русский: Анастасия Николаевна Нелединская-Мелецкая (1754-1803), дочь графа Н.А.Головина и А.С.Лопухиной, была замужем (2-я жена) за А.Ю.Нелединским-Мелецким (1729-1804), мачиха поэта Ю.А.Нелединского-Мелецког... More

C. Limprecht self-portrait - 18th silhouette portrait

C. Limprecht self-portrait - 18th silhouette portrait

Depicted person: C. Limprecht Public domain scan of silhouette drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Hans Naess 01 - 18th silhouette portrait

Hans Naess 01 - 18th silhouette portrait

Hans Pedersen Næss, Danish architect Public domain scan of silhouette drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Glafira Alymova Rzhevskya - Public domain portrait drawing

Glafira Alymova Rzhevskya - Public domain portrait drawing

Русский: Глафира Ивановна Ржевская, ур.Алымова (1758-1826) Public domain scan of silhouette drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Silhouette Christian Graf zu Stolberg

Silhouette Christian Graf zu Stolberg

Deutsch: Silhouette (Schattenriss) des Christian zu Stolberg-Stoberg Public domain scan of silhouette drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Varvara Kosheleva - Public domain portrait engraving

Varvara Kosheleva - Public domain portrait engraving

Русский: Варвара Ивановна Кошелева, ур. Плещеева (1756—1809) Public domain scan of silhouette drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Hans Hinrich Zielche by Limprecht 02 - 18th silhouette portrait

Hans Hinrich Zielche by Limprecht 02 - 18th silhouette portrait

Depicted person: Hans Hinrich Zielche Public domain photograph of 18th-century male portrait painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Nicolai Dajon 1748-1823 - 18th silhouette portrait

Nicolai Dajon 1748-1823 - 18th silhouette portrait

Dansk: Nicolai Dajon (1748-1823), dansk billedhugger og professor Public domain scan of silhouette drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Peter Meyn - 18th silhouette portrait

Peter Meyn - 18th silhouette portrait

Peter Meyn (1749-1808), Danish architect Public domain scan of silhouette drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Thomas Hammond Meldahl - 18th silhouette portrait

Thomas Hammond Meldahl - 18th silhouette portrait

Thomas Hammond Meldahl (ca. 1742-1791), Danish army officer and district officer

Silhouettes of the Russian Royals in Horsens

Silhouettes of the Russian Royals in Horsens

Silhouettes of Catherine (1741-1807), Elisabeth (1743-1782), Peter (1745-1798), and Alexander of Brunswick-Luneburg-Wolfenbuttel (1746-1787). The Danish State Archives.

Friedrich Leopold Graf zu Stolberg - 18th silhouette portrait

Friedrich Leopold Graf zu Stolberg - 18th silhouette portrait

Deutsch: Schattenriss (silhouette) des Friedrich Leopold zu Stolberg Public domain scan of silhouette drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Potemkina - Public domain portrait drawing

Potemkina - Public domain portrait drawing

Русский: Прасковья Андреевна Потемкина, ур Закревская (1763-1816). Public domain scan of silhouette drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description