This wonderful portrait silhouette of a young Regency gentleman was painted by William Alport in Liverpool, England during the early 19th century, circa 1808. This young Regency gentleman wear his hair in the fashionable a la titus style, cropped short and ruffled over the top of the head. He wears the fashionable high collared frilled shirt; the collar tips touching his cheek. Around his neck over the collar he wears a cravat tied in the fashionable trone d'amour manner. Antique silhouettes and portrait miniatures give us a wonderful insight in to the fashions and fads of the time. This dapper fellow is SOOOO handsome, one can imagine him strutting around Pemberley!!
The silhouette is unopened and is housed behind glass in its original papier mache frame complete with its original pressed brass hanger with the engraved text reading ‘Museum’. Frames with this hanger are rare and desirable for silhouette collectors; they were used on frames by artists working at William Bullock’s Museum (b 1773 – d 1849). His museum was called ‘Bullock’s Museum of National History and Antiquities’ in Liverpool.
William Bullock (died 1831) began his life as a goldsmith and engraver in Birmingham. As a young man he developed an interest for natural history and began collecting artefacts bought back from the sailors at the port in Liverpool. By 1799 he founded a museum in Liverpool; the museum contained an extensive collection of art, natural history and armoury, believed to be the largest of its kind.
In 1806 Bullock advertised his newly invented Physiogratrace device which could take the profile of a sitter in a few minutes. The invention was used in the museum by local artists as a means of quickly producing a profile of the sitter. The silhouettist William Alport used this machine for his silhouettes which he painted at the museum. He was the only artist to use the ‘Museum’ hangar which adorns the frame on our example.
In 1809 Bullock left Liverpool to set up his new museum in London at the purpose built Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly. It is said that William Alport purchased the Physiogratrace upon Bullock's departure and continued his work as a silhouettist in Liverpool.
Measuring: Frame width 5.25 inch (13.5 cm) by height 5 7/8 inch (15 cm). Aperture width 2 5/8 inch (6.8 cm) by height 3.25 inch (8.5 cm). FREE World Air Shipping.
Condition: Some minor bumps to the edges of the frame. Minor surface wear to glass commensurate with age.
This is a decorative, quality little silhouette by a sought after artist. The item was purchased as one of a husband and wife pair, each is sold separately. This is the perfect item for the collector of Georgian era portrait miniature and silhouettes, the ideal piece for anyone with a connection to Liverpool. Please see our other Regency era silhouettes and portrait miniatures; we have a penchant for them.
For an example of this hangar please see plate 44, page 50 in British Silhouette Artists and Their Works 1760-1860 by Sue Mckechnie.
For a biography of the artist William Alport please see pg366-367 in British Silhouette Artists and Their Works 1760-1860 by Sue Mckechnie.
For an example of the artist’s work please see plate 655 – 665 in British Silhouette Artists and Their Works 1760-1860 by Sue Mckechnie.
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19th Century Regency Silhouette Gentleman by William Alport Taken At William Bullock Museum Liverpool Circa 1808 Jane Austen Period
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