Pol Plançon (1851-1914) as "Mephisto": Silhouette
Black prepared paper cut-out, black ink, and gray wash, laid on board
cardboard: 14 x 10 1/4 in. ( 35.6 x 26 cm )
image height: 6 1/2 in. ( 16.5 cm )
Silhouette: Bust of bearded male subject in right-facing profile; black paper cut-out with incised details mounted on rectangular piece of cardboard with inscription in ink below bust; shadow in light gray wash.
signature and date: below bust: "K. P. Parker fecit"
inscription: below bust: "To / Pol Plançon as Mephisto: / Sometimes things go by contraries; / Virtue by vice is screened; / "'Twixt you and I,"-that must be why / Pol Plançon plays the fiend!"
stamped: on back: "EMMA THURSBY COLLECTION / FEB 1 1944"
Signed and inscribed at lower center in black ink: "K. P. Parker fecit. --"; below: "To Pol Plançon as Mephisto: / Sometimes things go by contraries; / Virtue by vice is screened; / 'Twixt you and I', -- that must be why / Pol Plançon plays the fiend!"
Emma Thursby Collection
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