Circa 1780s Silhouette by the famous Mrs Sarah Harrington, Federal Georgian Era, Pressed Brass Frame AFCirca 1780s Silhouette by the famous Mrs Sarah Harrington, Federal Georgian Era, Pressed Brass Frame AFCirca 1780s Silhouette by the famous Mrs Sarah Harrington, Federal Georgian Era, Pressed Brass Frame AFCirca 1780s Silhouette by the famous Mrs Sarah Harrington, Federal Georgian Era, Pressed Brass Frame AFCirca 1780s Silhouette by the famous Mrs Sarah Harrington, Federal Georgian Era, Pressed Brass Frame AFCirca 1780s Silhouette by the famous Mrs Sarah Harrington, Federal Georgian Era, Pressed Brass Frame AFCirca 1780s Silhouette by the famous Mrs Sarah Harrington, Federal Georgian Era, Pressed Brass Frame AFCirca 1780s Silhouette by the famous Mrs Sarah Harrington, Federal Georgian Era, Pressed Brass Frame AFCirca 1780s Silhouette by the famous Mrs Sarah Harrington, Federal Georgian Era, Pressed Brass Frame AF

This wonderful portrait silhouette of a fashionable young gentleman was produced in England by the sought after silhouette artist Sarah Harrington who flourished 1774-87. This is not the painted technique; this exquisite example was cut from a sheet of laid paper, a dark painted backing then inserted under the hollow cut profile. This 1780's period silhouette is housed behind its original glass in its original pressed brass frame.

Please examine the details by maximizing each image to see the scalloped work to his flowing neck cloth/cravat also tied with a bow at the throat. We see his hair swept back over the head and tied in a pigtail/ queue (fashionable for men from 1760 to 1790) and the way the eyelash has been worked is simply amazing.

Sarah Harrington did not use trade labels to the reverse of her likenesses until 1782 and she did not sign her work. She used thickly textured black colored paper or black painted laid paper for the backing and her intricate cutting of eyelashes and delicate bows was legendary. Pre dyed black paper did not become available until 1826! Before this silhouette artists had to try and find a way of blackening white paper to produce the required result. All manner of ingredients were used to try and achieve a consistent result, including lamp black, soot and beer!

Silhouettes by Sarah Harrington are extremely rare and highly sought after by collectors. This piece will display excellently in any interior. Please see our collection of 18th and 19th century portrait silhouettes listed separately in our store, they are a passion of ours.
Please see Mrs Harrington's work illustrated in British Silhouette Artists and their Work 1760 - 1860 by Sue Mckechnie, Section One Pages 223 – 230 and Section Two pages 413 – 414. Pleas also see plates 430 – 443 for examples of Sarah Harrington’s work.

Measuring: Frame width 4.5 inch (11.5 cm) by height 5 3/8 inch (14 cm). Aperture width 2 7/8 inch (7.5 cm) by height 3 7/8 inch (10 cm).

Condition: Minor staining to left edge of paper(our studio lights accentuate it more than natural daylight). Small tear to base of laid paper at 6 o'clock. Missing section to bottom edge of wood frame back at 6 o'clock, however the frame is perfectly stable.

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ITEM ID
TA12226
ITEM TYPE
Antique
STYLE
Miniature, Portrait
AGE
18th Century
THEME
Eclectic, English Country, Glam Decor, Historical, Traditional
COLOR
Black, White
MEDIA
Gouache, Mixed Media, Watercolor
ORIGIN
England • English

Circa 1780s Silhouette by the famous Mrs Sarah Harrington, Federal Georgian Era, Pressed Brass Frame AF

$645

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