Phineas Bond, Esq.: Silhouette

Phineas Bond, Esq.: Silhouette
Title
Phineas Bond, Esq.: Silhouette
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 )
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.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mrs. Anna Johnson, through Sigmund Rothchild, 1953
Object Number 
Z.2355
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 Gift of his / Cousin / Miss Eliza Laurence / After Mr. H. Penington's Death / this Profile was returned to me / and I now give it to Foxhall / A. Parker E. Laurence / A . . . 1862"
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"
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").
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