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George Washington (1732-1799): Silhouette

George Washington (1732-1799): Silhouette
Title
George Washington (1732-1799): Silhouette
Date 
1791-1813
Medium 
Black ink and white gouache with touches of brown ink on a beige card embossed with framing lines
Dimensions 
frame: 9 1/4 x 8 x 1 in. ( 23.5 x 20.3 x 2.5 cm ) image height: 3 3/4 in. ( 9.5 cm )
Description 
Bust of George Washington in right-facing profile; image in black ink on cream ground with hair, hair ribbon, and details of costume in gray; silhouette mounted under reverse-painted glass with serpentine wreath surrounding subject and stylized floral motifs in gold with black background; rectangular gilded frame.
Object Number 
1924.22
Marks 
signature: at base of profile: "S Folwell Pinxt"
Inscriptions 
Signed and inscribed at lower left in brown ink: "S. Folwell. Pinx.t"
Gallery Label 
The Pennsylvania Historical Society owns a silhouette portrait of Washington, which is apparently Folwell's first silhouette of the subject taken from life in Philadelphia in 1791.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group