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Dr. John Cheesman and Family with Guests: Silhouette

Object Number: 
Z.2567
Date: 
1840
Medium: 
Black prepared paper cut-outs, laid on beige paper with graphite, brown ink and wash, and white gouache, laid on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 20 1/4 x 37 in. (51.4 x 94 cm) frame: 28 1/4 x 45 1/8 x 2 in. ( 71.8 x 114.6 x 5.1 cm )
Inscriptions: 
Signed and inscribed at lower left in brown ink: "Aug.st. Edouart, fecit 1840. / 411 Broadway New York"
Description: 
Seventeen full-length male and female figures cut from black paper, some seated and some with musical instruments; silhouettes mounted on beige paper support with depiction of luxurious domestic interior with curtained entrance at the left and two sofas and marble fireplace against plain walls in the background painted in wash; rectangular wood frame.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group