The "Lord's Prayer": Silhouette

Object Number: 
INV.10816
Date: 
1845
Medium: 
Beige paper cut-out laid on black, light blue, and purple papers, pierced with a pin and stitched in silk
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 1/2 x 6 in. ( 16.5 x 15.2 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: at lower center: "Cut with the / Mouth / by M.A. Honeywell" Label: affixed at lower right: "by / Miss Martha A. Honeywell / 1845" Label: affixed at upper left: Cut-out, / worked, / & written / on with / mouth & / toes --1845-- / by Miss / H
Inscriptions: 
Beige cut paper inscribed at lower center in brown ink: "Cut with the / Mouth / by M.A. Honeywell"; label affixed at lower right: "by / Miss Martha A. Honeywell / 1845"; label affixed at upper left: "Cut-out, / worked, / & written / on with / mouth & / toes --1845-- / by Miss / Honeywell, / born with / out arms."
Description: 
Silhouette
Gallery Label: 
Born without arms, the woman who cut this silhouette held the scissors in her teeth while the paper was supported on a table. For a while, she demonstrated her unusual skill at Barnum's Museum in New York City.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group