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Silhouettes

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.
[Nine silhouettes of children]
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[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[Silhouette of man facing left, no. 3]

Bust silhouette portrait shows unidentified man facing left. His hair hangs below his collar.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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 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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[Silhouette of man facing left, no. 9]

Bust silhouette portrait shows an unidentified man facing left. He has a prominent nose.

Capt. Gg. [George?] Newell

Bust portrait silhouette of an elderly man identified as "Capt. Gg. 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.

First bishop of Virginia

Full-length silhouette portrait shows James Madison, the first bishop of Virginia facing right outdoors next to a tree.

John Marshall

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

The eldest son of Judge Breckenridge

Bust silhouette portrait shows the eldest son of Judge Henry Marie Breckenridge (1786-1871) facing right.

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

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 1830.

[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.

J.L. Baker aged 3 Mrs. Thos. 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.

Horace Greely (i.e. Greeley)

Silhouette shows newspaper editor Horace Greeley in profile. Greeley died in 1872, the year this silhouette was made.

Die Thiere des Waldes. Hirsch und Reh

Illustration shows silhouettes of stags and deer being hunted.

Die Thiere des Waldes. Reh und Wildschwein

Illustration shows silhouettes of deer and wild boar being hunted.

[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.

[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.

[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.

Hark the herald angels sing

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

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.

Jose Juaquin Carlos Mont[es?]fare

Silhouette bust portrait of a man, facing right.

Jose Juaquin Carlos Mont[es?]fare

Silhouette bust portrait of a man, facing right.

Captain Paul Cuffee 1812

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.

Captain Paul Cuffee 1812

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.