David Barker and His Wife Julia A. Barker
Black prepared blue paper cut-outs, laid on card with irregular window cut out to reveal inscription on verso
frame: 12 3/4 x 10 3/4 x 1/2 in. ( 32.4 x 27.3 x 1.3 cm ) image height: 7 7/8 in. ( 20 cm )
inscription: on paper affixed below figures: "Mr. & Mrs. David Barker / New York 18th Nov. 1839" inscriptions: on back: "Mrs. Julia A. Barker / New York / Nov 18 1839" and "David Barker / Merchant / Nov 18 1839 New York"
Label pasted below image inscribed in brown ink: "Mr. & Mrs. David Barker / New YK 18th Nov. 1839."; blue paper of silhouette verso read through two windows of card inscribed in brown ink: "Mrs. Julia A. Barker / New York / Nov 18 1839"; "David Barker / merchant / Nov 18 1839 New York"
Silhouette: Full-length male figure in right-facing profile opposite full-length female figure in left-facing profile; black paper cut-outs mounted overall on cream paper; window cut out of cream card to reveal inscription of primary support; rectangular, black-painted wood frame.
The subjects are listed as follows in the "Complete List of 3,800 Silhouette Portraits of American Citizens Taken Between 1839-1849 by August Edouart . . .": "Barker, David, poet 1816-1874 (New York, Nov. 18, 1839)" and "Barker, Mrs. David (New York, Nov. 18, 1839)." See Andrew Oliver, "Auguste Edouart's Silhouettes of Eminent Americans, 1839-1844" (1977), p. 511.
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