Phineas Bond, Esq.: Silhouette

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Hollow-cut beige paper with black textile underlay, mounted on card
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 )
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
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"
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.
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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").
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Gift of Mrs. Anna Johnson, through Sigmund Rothchild, 1953
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