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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.
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J.L. Baker aged 3 Mrs. Thomas Leaming

J.L. Baker aged 3 Mrs. Thomas Leaming

Full-length portrait silhouette of a young girl at age 3, identified as "J.L. Baker", possibly Josephine Lea Baker, facing left. She wears a hat and a coat or wide dress. Possibly cut by Mrs. Thomas Leaming.

[George Washington, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left, in silhouette]

[George Washington, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left, in silho...

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

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of woman facing left, no. 1]

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of woman facing left, no. 1]

Bust silhouette portrait shows unidentified woman facing left. Ink has been used to enhance the outline of her hair. Faint blind stamp below image: Museum. (DLC/PP-44431).

Capt. Gg. [George?] Newell silhouette, American

Capt. Gg. [George?] Newell silhouette, American

Bust portrait silhouette of an elderly man identified as "Capt. G. Newell", facing left. He wears his hair in a short pony-tail tied with a ribbon and he wears a high collar with cravat tied in a bow. Inscribe... More

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of woman facing left, no. 5]

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of woman facing left, no. 5]

Bust silhouette portrait shows an unidentified woman facing left with a bun in her hair, and strand of hair over her forehead. Blind stamp below image: Peales Museum. (DLC/PP-44431).

Charles Willson Peale - Jose Juaquin Carlos Mont[es?]fare

Charles Willson Peale - Jose Juaquin Carlos Mont[es?]fare

Silhouette bust portrait of a man, facing right. Blind stamp on white sheet: Peale. 1972; (DLC/PP-1972:268).

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of man facing left, no. 6]

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of man facing left, no. 6]

Bust silhouette portrait shows unidentified man facing left. He has a lock of hair over his forehead, wavy hair, and sports a cravat around his neck. (DLC/PP-44431).

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of woman facing left, no. 3]

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of woman facing left, no. 3]

Bust silhouette portrait shows unidentified woman or girl facing left. Her hair hangs down to the nape of her neck. A small lock of hair hangs over her forehead. (DLC/PP-44431).

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of man facing left, no. 2]

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of man facing left, no. 2]

Silhouette bust portrait shows an unidentified man facing left. He wears a wig tied by a ribbon at the back and a cravat. Blind stamp below image: Museum. (DLC/PP-44431).

Lily White, who is she? a debut, June 25th.

Lily White, who is she? a debut, June 25th.

"Copyrighted 1913 by Arrow Advertising Agency, N.Y." Forms part of: Theatrical poster collection (Library of Congress)

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of man facing left, no. 3]

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of man facing left, no. 3]

Bust silhouette portrait shows unidentified man facing left. His hair hangs below his collar. Blind stamp below image: Museum. (DLC/PP-44431).

[Nine silhouettes of children] - Public domain  drawing

[Nine silhouettes of children] - Public domain drawing

In album: Characters, p. 18. Public domain scan of silhouette drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Die Thiere des Waldes. Hirsch und Reh

Die Thiere des Waldes. Hirsch und Reh

Illustration shows silhouettes of stags and deer being hunted. Illus. in: Münchener Bilderbogen [Book] 30. München : K. Braun & F. Schneider, [between 1877 and 1878], no. 698.

[Silhouette of three men gathered in a square]

[Silhouette of three men gathered in a square]

Hand-cut silhouette shows three men gathered in a town square between a street lantern and a storefront. A privately owned copy of this silhouette has "Ständchen (Morning Music)" written on the back. Gift; Fran... More

[Silhouette of man facing left, no. 4]

[Silhouette of man facing left, no. 4]

Bust silhouette portrait shows unidentified man facing left. His hair stops just above his collar. A lock of hair hangs over his forehead.

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of man facing left, no. 11]

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of man facing left, no. 11]

Bust silhouette portrait shows an unidentified man facing left. His hair does not reach his collar. A lock of hair hangs over his forehead. Faint blind stamp below image indecipherable, possibly reads: Museum.... More

First bishop of Virginia - Public domain portrait print

First bishop of Virginia - Public domain portrait print

Full-length silhouette portrait shows James Madison, the first bishop of Virginia facing right outdoors next to a tree. Purchase; 1915; (DLC/PP-1915:44874).

Silhouettes - Glass negative photogrpah. Public domain.

Silhouettes - Glass negative photogrpah. Public domain.

Public domain photograph of people in office, interior, the 1910s-1920s America, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of man facing left, no. 12]

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of man facing left, no. 12]

Bust silhouette portrait shows an unidentified man facing left. His hair does not reach his collar. A lock of hair hangs over his forehead. He wears a cravat. (DLC/PP-44431).

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of woman facing left, no. 6]

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of woman facing left, no. 6]

Bust silhouette portrait shows an unidentified woman or girl facing left with a bun or ribbon high in her hair, and short strand of hair over her forehead. (DLC/PP-44431).

Bainbridge Colby, silhouette - Public domain portrait print

Bainbridge Colby, silhouette - Public domain portrait print

Public domain scan of silhouette art photography, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Captain Paul Cuffee 1812 - images Black History Month

Captain Paul Cuffee 1812 - images Black History Month

Print shows a silhouette head-and-shoulders portrait of Paul Cuffe, a prosperous businessman and sea captain, above a ship docked in a tropical region, possibly Sierra Leone. Printed on item: Engraved for Abrm... More

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of man facing right, no. 1]

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of man facing right, no. 1]

Bust silhouette portrait shows an unidentified man facing right. He wears a wig with a ponytail and has a prominent nose. Reverse image of DRWG/US - Peale, no. 20 (AA size). (DLC/PP-44431).

[Silhouette of man facing left, no. 10]

[Silhouette of man facing left, no. 10]

Bust silhouette portrait shows an unidentified man facing left. He wears a wig with a ribbon tied around a ponytail and a cravat.

[Cut-paper silhouette of John I. Hawkins, left profile, possibly by himself using his physiognotrace device]

[Cut-paper silhouette of John I. Hawkins, left profile, possibly by hi...

Inscribed in ink on lower left corner: Mr. Hawkins. (DLC/PP-1998:151.28) Forms part of: Marian S. Carson collection at the Library of Congress.

Charles Willson Peale - The eldest son of Judge Breckenridge

Charles Willson Peale - The eldest son of Judge Breckenridge

Bust silhouette portrait shows the eldest son of Judge Henry Marie Breckenridge (1786-1871) facing right. Faint blind stamp below image indecipherable. (DLC/PP-44431).

Die Thiere des Waldes. Reh und Wildschwein

Die Thiere des Waldes. Reh und Wildschwein

Illustration shows silhouettes of deer and wild boar being hunted. Illus. in: Münchener Bilderbogen [Book] 31. München : K. Braun & F. Schneider, [between 1878 and 1879], no. 730.

John Marshall - Public domain portrait print

John Marshall - Public domain portrait print

Full-length silhouette portrait shows John Marshall, legislator and jurist, facing right.

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of man facing left, no. 1]

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of man facing left, no. 1]

Bust silhouette portrait shows unidentified man facing left. He wears a wig or hat high on his head. Blind stamp below image: Peales Museum. (DLC/PP-44431).

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of man facing left, no. 5]

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of man facing left, no. 5]

Bust silhouette portrait shows unidentified man facing left. His hair stops just above his collar. A small lock of hair hangs over his forehead. He wears a cravat. Faint blind stamp below image: Museum. (DLC/PP-44431).

[Silhouette of a woman wearing an Empire dress facing left]

[Silhouette of a woman wearing an Empire dress facing left]

Transfer; Manuscript Division, Library of Congress; 1912; (DLC/PP-44431). Public domain scan of 19th century American drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Portraits. Young woman wearing hat in silhouette

Portraits. Young woman wearing hat in silhouette

Public domain photograph of Washington DC area, 1920s-1930s, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of man facing left, no. 9]

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of man facing left, no. 9]

Bust silhouette portrait shows an unidentified man facing left. He has a prominent nose. Blind stamp below image: Museum. (DLC/PP-44431). qw05 2011-12r

[Silhouette of an old woman holding up a goose to a young woman]

[Silhouette of an old woman holding up a goose to a young woman]

Silhouette drawing shows an old lady with a goat holding a dead goose by the neck up to younger woman. Gift; Cordelia Jackson; 1935; (DLC/PP-1935:061).

[Half-length portrait silhouette of an unidentified woman, facing right]

[Half-length portrait silhouette of an unidentified woman, facing righ...

Inscribed in pencil on verso: Alice Cushman. Laid paper mount shows partial watermark, part of an animal leaping to the left above the word [Phila]delphia. (DLC/PP-1998:151.27, .28, .29) Forms part of: Marian ... More

Desperation, inspiration, anticipation, realization

Desperation, inspiration, anticipation, realization

Drawing shows silhouette of woman transforming from wearing simple clothing to an elaborate outfit adorned with a feather duster and umbrella skirt. Published in: Life magazine, volume 65, part 1 (March 3, 1915... More

Jose Juaquin Carlos Mont[es?]fare

Jose Juaquin Carlos Mont[es?]fare

Silhouette bust portrait of a man, facing right. Blind stamp on white sheet: Peale. 1972; (DLC/PP-1972:268).

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of man facing left, no. 8]

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of man facing left, no. 8]

Bust silhouette portrait shows an unidentified man facing left. He wears a wig with a ponytail and has a prominent nose. Reverse image of DRWG/US - Peale, no. 21 (AA size). (DLC/PP-44431).

[Silhouette of a woman wearing an Empire dress facing right]

[Silhouette of a woman wearing an Empire dress facing right]

Transfer; Manuscript Division, Library of Congress; 1912; (DLC/PP-44431). Public domain scan of 19th century American drawing, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

[Silhouette of a couple in a horse-drawn carriage]

[Silhouette of a couple in a horse-drawn carriage]

Hand-cut silhouette shoes a couple in the window of a horse-drawn carriage. Cupid rides at the back, indicating that the couple is in love. Gift; Frances Benjamin Johnston.

[Silhouette of woman facing left, no. 4]

[Silhouette of woman facing left, no. 4]

Bust silhouette portrait shows unidentified woman facing left. She wears her hair in a bun. A large lock of hair hangs over her forehead.

[Silhouette of woman facing left, no. 2]

[Silhouette of woman facing left, no. 2]

Bust silhouette portrait shows unidentified woman facing left. Her hair tapers to the nape of her neck. A small lock of hair hangs over her forehead.

Horace Greely (i.e. Greeley) - Public domain portrait drawing

Horace Greely (i.e. Greeley) - Public domain portrait drawing

Silhouette shows newspaper editor Horace Greeley in profile. Greeley died in 1872, the year this silhouette was made. Accompanied by noted adhered to verso: From life by the celebrated profile artist Wm. H. Bro... More

[Silhouette of man facing left, no. 13]

[Silhouette of man facing left, no. 13]

Bust silhouette portrait shows an unidentified man facing left. He wears a long tie and collar. He sports a mustache. (DLC/PP-42774).

Hark the herald angels sing - Public domain  drawing

Hark the herald angels sing - Public domain drawing

Drawing shows silhouetted Salvation Army bellringer dressed as Santa Claus asking for donations as street vendors sell Christmas holiday items.

Captain Paul Cuffee 1812 - Public domain portrait engraving

Captain Paul Cuffee 1812 - Public domain portrait engraving

Print shows a silhouette head-and-shoulders portrait of Paul Cuffe, a prosperous businessman and sea captain, above a ship docked in a tropical region, possibly Sierra Leone. Printed on item: Engraved for Abrm... More

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of man facing left, no. 7]

Charles Willson Peale - [Silhouette of man facing left, no. 7]

Bust silhouette portrait shows an unidentified man facing left. He wears a wig with a ponytail tied by a ribbon, a cravat, and shirt with a ruff. Blind stamp below image: Museum. (DLC/PP-44431).

John Randolph of Roanoke on his embarkation for Russia onboard ship "Concord"

John Randolph of Roanoke on his embarkation for Russia onboard ship "C...

Full-length silhouette portrait shows the Virginia politician John Randolph facing left. He is dressed in a coat with tails, boots with spurs and carries a thin cane. He served as U.S. Minister to Russia in 183... More

[Silhouette of Lincoln's footprint and business card of King V. Hostick mounted on single sheet.]

[Silhouette of Lincoln's footprint and business card of King V. Hostic...

Public domain image related to President Abraham Lincoln, gelatin silver print, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description