Elizabeth Laurance: Silhouette
Hollow-cut beige paper with black textile underlay, and black ink
frame: 5 3/8 x 4 1/2 in. ( 13.7 x 11.4 cm ) image height: 2 1/4 in. ( 5.7 cm )
embossed: below bust: "T. P. JONES / FECIT" inscribed in ink: on paper affixed to back: "Elizabeth Laurance / daughter of John Laurance"
Embossed at lower center: "T.P. JONES / FECIT"; label on old frame backing inscribed in black ink: "Elizabeth Laurance / daughter of John Laurance"
Silhouette: Bust of female subject in right-facing profile; hollow-cut beige buff paper with black textile backing; hair drawn in ink on margin of cut-out; oval frame of molded sheet brass on wood.
Elizabeth Laurance was the daughter of John M. Laurance (1750-1810), who came to America from England in 1767. Laurance served as judge advocate general on the staff of General George Washington during the Revolutionary War, and afterward as New York state senator, New York's representative to the first U.S. Congress, and U.S. senator from New York.
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