Samuel Verplanck (?): Silhouette
Black prepared paper cut-out, laid on beige lithographed heavy paper with white gouache, laid on card
frame: 10 1/8 x 5 3/4 x 7/8 in. ( 25.7 x 14.6 x 2.2 cm ) image: 8 1/2 x 4 1/8 in. ( 21.6 x 10.5 cm )
inscribed in ink, verso: "...kill-on-Hudson N.Y." inscribed in pencil: on cardboard backing of frame: "Prob. cut by / A. Edouart / Silhouette of / Samuel / Verplanck" typewritten label: affixed to cardboard backing: "GIFT OF MRS. BAYARD VERPLANCK"
Card inscribed on verso at upper left in brown ink (cut): "kill-on-Hudson N.Y."
Silhouette: Full-length male figure wearing long cape and holding top hat in front of him, in left-facing profile; black paper cut-out on lithographed beige paper ground which has been cut down from original size, adhered overall to beige card; rectangular wood frame.
The subject is listed as follows in the "Complete List of 3,800 Silhouette Portraits of American Citizens Taken Between 1839-1849 by August Edouart . . .": "Verplanck, Saml., 36, Franklin Street (Jan. 17)." See Andrew Oliver, "Auguste Edouart's Silhouettes of Eminent Americans, 1839-1844" (1977), p. 545.
Gift of Mrs. Bayard Verplanck
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