Marinus Willett (1740-1830): Silhouette

Marinus Willett (1740-1830): Silhouette
Title
Marinus Willett (1740-1830): Silhouette
Date 
c. 1800
Medium 
Hollow-cut beige paper with faded black textile underlay, identical sitter as Z.2440
Dimensions 
image height: 3 in. ( 7.6 cm ) sheet: 5 1/8 x 4 1/4 in. ( 13 x 10.8 cm )
Description 
Silhouette: Bust of male subject in left-facing profile; hollow-cut from rectangular sheet of beige paper with black textile backing.
Credit Line 
Gift of the children of Henry A. Stimson, through Miss Dorothy Stimson, 1942
Object Number 
Z.2455
Marks 
inscription in pencil: on front: "Hoffman" embossed: below bust: "PEALE'S MUSEUM"
Inscriptions 
Inscribed at lower center in graphite: "Hoffman"; embossed at lower center: "PEALES MUSEUM", below a spread eagle
Gallery Label 
The subject has been identified as Ogden Hoffman (1793-1856), a prominent district attorney in New York in the first half of the nineteenth century. The silhouette, however, is similar to others bearing the "PEALE'S MUSEUM" stamp that were produced around the turn of the century. If the subject is indeed Ogden Hoffman then it must have been made somewhat later.
Provenance 
Peale's Museum
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group