Cornelia Johnstone Verplanck: Silhouette
Hollow-cut beige paper with black textile underlay, laid on beige paper
frame: 6 1/2 x 6 x 1 1/4 in. ( 16.5 x 15.2 x 3.2 cm ) image height: 2 1/4 in. ( 5.7 cm )
inscription: on back of frame: "Mrs. Gulian Verplanck" embossed: below bust: "PEALE'S MUSEUM" inscription: on paper affixed to back of frame: "Mrs. Gulian Verplanck / (Cornelia Johnstone) / Daughter of / David Johnstone and Magdalena Walton / Married Ma
Embossed at lower center: "PEALE'S MUSEUM", below a spread eagle; old label on verso of frame backing inscribed in black ink: "Mrs Gulian Verplanck / (Cornelia Johnstone) / Daughter of / David Johnstone and Magdalena Walton / Married March 29th., 1784 / at the house of / col. Gabriel Ludlow. / Hempstead Plains L.I."
Silhouette: Bust of female subject in left-facing profile; image hollow-cut from beige paper with black textile backing; mounted under black and gold reverse-painted glass in oval window with sawtooth border; gilded rectangular frame.
Cornelia Johnstone was the daughter of David Johnstone and Magdalena (Walton) Johnstone. She married Gulian Verplanck on March 29, 1784, at the house of Colonel Gabriel Ludlow in Hempstead, Long Island.
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