Robert C. Cornell: Silhouette

Object Number: 
Z.2466
Date: 
1840
Medium: 
Black prepared blue paper cut-out, gray wash on collaged etching, laid on card with window cut out to reveal inscription on verso
Dimensions: 
cardboard: 10 1/8 x 8 in. ( 25.7 x 20.3 cm ) image height: 5 3/4 in. ( 14.6 cm )
Marks: 
inscribed in ink: on strip of paper affixed below figure: "Robt. C. Cornell / Late Alderman 5th Ward / New York 14th Jan'ry 1840." inscribed in ink: on back of cut-out: "Robt. C. Cornell / Late Alderman 5th Ward / New Y'k 14th Jan'ry 1840."
Inscriptions: 
Ettiquette laid on card inscribed at left in brown ink: 'Robt C. Cornell / Late alderman 5th. Ward"; atright: "New YOrk 14th Janry. 1840."; blue paper of silhouette verso read through window of card inscribed in brown ink: "Robt. C. Cornell / Late Alderman 5th. Ward / New Yk. 14th. Janry. 1840"
Description: 
Silhouette: Full-length, seated male figure in left-facing profile, reading The New York Times; black paper cut-out figure with newspaper drawn in black and white; on verso of cream card, window cut out to reveal inscription on verso of black cut-out; mounted on rectangular piece of cardboard.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Lena Cadwalader Evans
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group