Silhouette of boy

Made:
1844-02-10
maker:
Unattributed
Silhouette of a boy
      A silhouette of a boy named Charlie, aged fourteen and a half years, created by an unknown artist on 10 February 1844

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Silhouette of a boy A silhouette of a boy named Charlie, aged fourteen and a half years, created by an unknown artist on 10 February 1844
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford
Science Museum Group Collection

70x100mm cut-out silhouette of young man in profile, embellished in grey, white and gold, in gilt frame. Pencil inscription on back; 'Feby. 10 1844 14 1/2 Charlie'.

A silhouette of a boy named Charlie, aged fourteen and a half years, created by an unknown artist on 10 February 1844.

The silhouette has been given added detail with drawing and highlighting. Charlie's hair, for example, has been highlighted in gold to show his curls.

Silhouettes became popular in Britain in the late 1700s. They were named after Etienne de Silhouette (1709-1767), a French finance minister and amateur profile artist.

Details

Category:
Photographs
Object Number:
1990-5036/6973
Materials:
gold plated (gilded), paper (fibre product) and wood (unidentified)
type:
silhouette
credit:
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford