A Sure and Convenient Machine for drawing Silhouettes

Made:
c. 1790

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Print: A sure and convenient machine for drawing silhouettes / J. [T?] Holloway Direxit, n.d. [c.1790? ]. Engraving, line, some stipple; image 20.8x16.9cm, platemark 27.3x20.3cm, on sheet 34 x 27.3cm. Five lines text engraved at top of plate between title and image: 'This is the Character I would assign ... the Nose is improved in the silhouette, it expresses more Ingenuity.' Depicts a young woman seated in a chair, holding the r. arm which is in the form of a raised easel, held by two bars locked to the l. arm. A man stands behind the easel, drawing the silhouette formed from the light of a candle on a stand to R. which throws shadows of the woman's head to the back of the easel surface

Details

Category:
Art
Identifier:
1992-626
type:
print
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Grosvenor Prints