Georgian Painted Silhouette Portrait of a Lady in William Hill Papier Mache Frame Circa 1815
If like us you adore genuine early 19th century silhouette portraits, we guarantee that you will cherish this example. A pretty female sitter in a sought after William Hill frame of the same 1815 period.
This painted profile or shade depicts a young lady of the 1810-20 period. This Regency lady would have sat at a silhouette artist's studio to have her profile painted, or possibly had her profile painted whilst at a local fair or public event. Of course this was well before the invention of photography. Silhouette was an art form that allowed for a quicker and cheaper method of capturing a person's likeness. This art form was hugely fashionable; Mrs Fitzherbert, the Prince of Wales unacknowledged wife was among one of the earliest collectors of silhouettes and shadow portraits. She had an entire wall decorated with profiles of her closest friends.....much as we would have photo's displayed around our home of family and friends or an album dedicated to them on our smart phone!! This early 19th century profusion of silhouettes now allows for the 21st century collector to be able to concentrate their collection upon a particular artist, sitter (male or female) or period. Silhouettes are always very sought after as they are a snap shot of time and of course they tell us so much of the fashions of that time.
Although up on first appearance our young lady's painted (not cut out) silhouette appears very plain and simple. Please study our close up images where you will see many highlighted details in India ink of piled, curled hair and delicate Regency day dress with short puffed sleeve and high, Empire waist.
This gorgeous little profile is housed in a very sought after papier mache frame with original top acorn hanger and the impressed crown stamp for William Hill and Co, Birmingham. William Hill was one of the best makers of paper mache frames for miniatures and small pictures. The company flourished between 1812 to 1835.
Our black japanned papier mache frame is of rectangular shape with an oval inner gilt mount with convex glass.
Size: Frame 5.75" by 5" , unsigned oval portrait 3" by 2.5"
Condition: The frame has a small nick out of the right side at 9 o'clock. There is minor age crazing to the japanned surface as one would expect. There is dulling to the oval gilt mount. The actual silhouette has some foxing to the background as seen clearly on our images. May be a small pin hole/insect hole at 12 o'clock. It is difficult to decipher under the old domed glass, we have not opened this example but it appears that a replacement backing paper has been added at some point in its past.
This is a super addition to your period home or silhouette collection.
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