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Elizabeth Grim Baroness von Altenstein: Silhouette

Object Number: 
Hollow-cut beige paper
image height: 2 3/8 in. ( 6 cm ) sheet: 3 7/8 x 2 11/16 in. ( 9.8 x 6.8 cm )
inscribed in pencil: above bust: "Baroness d'Altenstein / sister to Philip Grim" inscribed in ink: lower left: "Ahey[?] Grim" inscribed in pencil: on back: "Dau of David Grim"
Inscribed at upper center in graphite: "Baroness d'Altstein / sister of Philip Grim"; at lower left in brown ink: "Eliz Grim (?)"; verso inscribed at lower center: ""Second daughter of / David Grim"
Silhouette: Bust of female subject hollow-cut from rectangular sheet of cream paper.
Gallery Label: 
The subject was the daughter of David Grim (1737-1826), a native of Bavaria who came to New York with his parents while still an infant. From 1767 to 1789 he was the proprietor, first on Chapel Street, and then on William Street, of the Hessian's Coffee House, where many German immigrants congregated.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. J. Harper Skillin, 1950
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group