Victorian hand-painted antique silhouette - full-length very elegant English gentleman - in an old frame. Identified on the back of the frame in hand-written script as Edwin Lewin, 1815-1895, born at Kenton, Middlesex; and buried at Haslemere, Surrey.
Painted silhouettes are more unusual than those by "cutters", and vintage ones are hard to find. However, the artist is unidentified. And although, there is considerable available information on the "cutters", there is very little on silhouette painters.
Frame dates to 1928. The back contains the label of "Albert Flint LTD, Guilders and Framers, Fine Arts Depot, 158 Church Road, Hove" with "October 1928" handwritten on it.
This remarkable silhouette came from the Ridgeway House, a wonderful period colonial home in Plainfield CT, featured in "Country Living" just a few years ago. Mrs. Ridgeway spent a lifetime filling this great house with wonderful 18th and early 19th Century Americana, including her wonderful collection of silhouettes, This fine example came from this collection which was sold at auction in 2002 after her passing.
The image is 7-1/4" x 9-3/4"; framed it measures 9-1/4" x 12".
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