George Washington (1732-1799): Silhouette

Object Number: 
1924.22
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 )
Marks: 
signature: at base of profile: "S Folwell Pinxt"
Inscriptions: 
Signed and inscribed at lower left in brown ink: "S. Folwell. Pinx.t"
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.
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