Thomas Allen (1743-1810): Silhouette
Gray wash and graphite on beige paper
sheet: 12 5/8 x 7 3/4 in. ( 32.1 x 19.7 cm )
Inscribed at lower center in brown ink: "Thomas Allen Esqr Lanesborough / -- 1793"
Silhouette: Life-size (?) right-facing profile of male subject; ink wash within graphite outline on cream paper with handwritten inscription below.
This profile portrait of Thomas Allen is one of about two dozen found among the papers of Benjamin Tappan, great-grandfather of the donor. Allen was a native of Massachusetts, as was Tappan. He was the first minister of Pittsfield, Mass., and a chaplain during the American Revolution.
Gift of John K. Wright, 1945
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