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Unidentified Woman: Silhouette

Unidentified Woman: Silhouette
Unidentified Woman: Silhouette
Title
Unidentified Woman: Silhouette
Date 
1856
Medium 
Black prepared paper cut-out, laid on card, with graphite and black ink
Dimensions 
frame: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 1/4 in. ( 14 x 10.8 x 0.6 cm ) image height: 3 7/8 in. ( 9.8 cm )
Description 
Silhouette: Three-quarter-length seated female figure in right-facing profile; black paper cut-out mounted on lead-white coated paper; white collar and white trim on sleeves with details drawn in graphite and ink, white highlights on dress in chalk; embossed copper-colored paper applied to rectangular frame, with frame, object and glass package wrapped in paper manuscript fragment
Object Number 
Z.2558
Marks 
none: label: on back of frame: "73B SILHOUETTE ALSATIAN, 1856 / Of a woman seated in a chair--a cut-out silhouette afterward / . . . painted in black to bring out trimming on sleeve, and folds / . . . skirt." signature and date: lower left: "fecit Tesch[?] / 1856"
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group