Elizabeth Grim Baroness von Altenstein: Silhouette
Black ink and wash on beige paper
image height: 2 3/8 in. ( 6 cm ) sheet: 5 3/16 x 3 1/2 in. ( 13.2 x 8.9 cm )
inscription in pencil: below bust: "Elizabeth Baroness / von Altenstein / daughter of / David Grim" inscriptions in ink: on back: "IV [in circle] 10 / Messrs David & Philip Grim / New York"
Inscribed at lower center in graphite: "Elizabeth Baroness / von Altenstein / daughter of / David Grim"; verso inscribed in brown ink: "10 / Messrs David & Philip Grim / New York"
Silhouette: Bust of female subject in left-facing profile; silhouette in black ink on rectangular cream sheet; shadows and corners of sheet colored with wash.
The subject was the daughter of David Grim (1737-1826), a native of Bavaria who came to New York with his parents while still an infant. From 1767 to 1789 he was the proprietor, first on Chapel Street, and then on William Street, of the Hessian's Coffee House, where many German immigrants congregated.
Gift of Mrs. J. Harper Skillin, 1950
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