Museum Open

The New-York Historical Society Museum will be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25. For details, please visit our calendar.

Jane Aitken: Silhouette

Object Number: 
Z.2564bbbb
Date: 
c. 1803-1810
Medium: 
Hollow-cut beige paper laid on black prepared paper, with black ink, in an album of 50 folios containing 91 silhouettes, 24 blank folios, and a two page list of sitters
Dimensions: 
image height: 3 3/16 in. ( 8.1 cm ) sheet: 3 15/16 in. ( 10 cm )
Marks: 
inscribed in ink: upper right: "81" inscribed in pencil: lower left: "Jane Aitken" embossed: below bust: "MUSEUM"
Inscriptions: 
Silhouette inscribed at upper right in brown ink: "81"; at lower left in graphite: "Jane Aitken"; embossed at lower center reversed: "Museum"
Description: 
Bust of female subject in right-facing profile; hollow-cut from rectangular sheet of cream paper; hair and details of costume drawn in ink on edges of silhouette; mounted in album containing a total of ninety-one silhouettes.
Credit Line: 
Gift of an Anonymous Donor, 1948
Provenance: 
Peale's Museum
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group