Exceptional 18th Century Painted Silhouette Grandmother English Circa 1790s
This genuine late 18th century painted silhouette is a fine quality example. The depiction of a slightly older female sitter is highly accomplished. The silhouette artist has expertly applied shades of black and grey watercolor to convey shadow, depth and texture. The sitter's face is the only area to be painted in pure black. Due to the slightly larger size and the use of a tiny dot at the end of the eyelash; this work is stylistically similar to the early profile portraits of Charles Buncombe (1795-1830). The costuming detail is quite outstanding, the rows of double frill to her day cap with ribbon tie at the nape of her neck (as opposed to the later fashion of under the chin). The small frilled neckline and the highly detailed shawl all give a very realistic feel to this silhouette profile.
Size: Frame 7" (18 cm) by 5.5" (14 cm). Oval aperture 4 1/8" (10.5 cm,) by 3.25" (8.5 cm).
Condition: The silhouette upon card is free from foxing. There is a small surface scratch by her eye, difficult to see except upon very close examination. The black papier mache frame retains its original metal bezel and gilt acorn suspension loop. The backing paper has been replaced at some point in the past, we have not examined this silhouette out of its frame.
This is a top quality silhouette by a very fine artist. The female sitter has a warmth and kindness that the artist has perfectly conveyed.
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