Phineas Bond, Esq.: Silhouette

Object Number: 
Z.2355
Date: 
1778
Medium: 
Hollow-cut beige paper with black textile underlay, mounted on card
Dimensions: 
frame: 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 x 3/4 in. ( 13.3 x 13.3 x 1.9 cm ) image height: 1 3/8 in. ( 3.5 cm )
Marks: 
inscription: on front: "Phineas Bond, Esq / cut by Major Andre / for / Miss Rebecca Redman / at Philadelphia / AD 1778" inscriptions: on paper affixed to back of frame: "Foxhall A. Parker / April 22nd 1868," "Miss Laurence . . .," "Henry Penington / The
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower center in brown ink: "Phineas Bond, Esq / cut by Major Andre / for / Rebecca Redman / at Philadelphia / AD 1778."; verso inscription illegible; verso of frame backing inscribed in brown ink: "Henry Pennington / This Gift of his / Cousin / Miss Elizabeth Laurence / after Mr. H. Pennington's Death / this profile was returned to me / and I now give it to Foxhall / A. Parker - E. Lawrence / Augt. 1862"
Description: 
Silhouette: Head of male subject in right-facing profile; image hollow-cut from beige paper with black textile backing, with paper and textile cut in an irregular oval shape and affixed to off-white paper above handwritten inscription; circular wooden frame with mottled green and gold coloration.
Gallery Label: 
According to Mrs. E. Nevill Jackson, this silhouette by Major John Andre is the only known portrait of Phineas Bond, a personal friend of George Washington. Dr. Redman, the father of Miss Rebecca Redman, to whom the silhouette is inscribed, was also a friend of Washington's ("Silhouette," 1938, p. 76 - note that the name "Redman" appears as "Redmond").
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Anna Johnson, through Sigmund Rothchild, 1953
Provenance: 
Descended through the family of elizabeth Lawrence from her cousin Henry Pennington
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group