A nice 19th Century Silhouette depicting German writer and poet Christoph Martin Wieland. Wieland (1733-1813) is referred to as the German Voltaire, he was a noted writer of the the German Rococo period, his work spans from Rationalism and the Enlightenment to Classicism and Pre-Romanticism. The silhouette is an original ink drawing, it is signed "A. Srahl" and has Wieland's name on the bottom. The back has information including a date, a notation that the silhouette is cut work (it is indeed ink on paper, not cut), his name and the artist. The date indicates the silhouette is circa 1801-1800 and while it is 19th Century I think it is later 1800s. The silhouette has nice attention to detail, there is more to the image than appears in the photographs, it is hard to photograph because it is black ink. It is in good overall condition for the age, the only thing to note are some small scattered stains on the paper, see photos. The Silhouette would make a great addition to a Primitive or Library collection.
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