Charming folk art painted silhouette, also referred to as shadow portrait / shade / profile , on sepia paper or card of an old lady, full-length, in an interior setting. She is portrayed sitting on a Chippendale chair while knitting, a ball of wool on a nearby circular table. The figure is painted in profile in black with white highlights to cap, kerchief and cuffs. The artist also made a restrained use of color: gold spectacles; greenish table cloth; burgundy seat to the dark brown chair, which is drawn with a somewhat naive / primitive perspective typical of folk art, color being mostly visible in the highlights. Shadows are accentuated with gum arabic which was the custom among profile artists at the time. It comes ready to display in a lovely birds eye maple frame with gold liner, the better choice of frame offered by silhouette makers at the time. Painted silhouettes required more skill to make than cut paper silhouettes hence they were costlier and more desirable. It was not uncommon for profilists to be itinerant and work both in England and in America, Samuel Metford (1810–1896) is an example. Unsigned, artist unknown, but it has similar characteristics to the work of W. Dyce Beaumont such as the sepia toned base paper, the use of color in props but not in the portrait, and the predominance of full length profiles. The lady's attire suggest that she may have been a Quaker. While Quakers considered portraits an indulgence in vanity, silhouettes were acceptable as they appealed to Quaker plainness. In very good condition with toning to paper and minor imperfections to frame as shown. Photo taken through glass which explains reflections. Shipped fully insured with tracking number. Shipping cost is approximate and may be less to your location, please provide your zip code for a quote.
Measurements: Frame: 13 5/8" by 11 5/8" by 1" deep; View: 10" by 8" approximately.
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