George Griswold (1777-1859): Silhouette

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Black prepared paper cut-out and graphite, laid on yellow prepared paper with lithographed background and gray wash
frame: 11 5/8 x 8 x 3/4 in. ( 29.5 x 20.3 x 1.9 cm ) image: 10 1/2 x 6 3/4 in. ( 26.7 x 17.1 cm )
signature and date: lower right: "Aug'st Edouart, fecit / Saratoga Springs 8th July 1843"
Signed and inscribed at lower right in brown ink: " Edouart, fecit / Saratoga Springs 8th. July 1843"; verso inscribed at center: "216 / 1/2 with gilt -- / Friday afternoon"
Silhouette: Full-length, left-facing male figure in black cut-out paper with fine linear detailing in graphite, mounted overall to cream paper with lithographed harbor view; gilded rectangular frame.
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The subject is listed as follows in the "Complete List of 3,800 Silhouette Portraits of American Citizens Taken Between 1839-1849 by August Edouart . . .": "Griswold, Geo., 57, Chamber Street, New York (2 ports.) (Saratoga, July 8, 1843)." Mrs. George Griswold is also listed. See Andrew Oliver, "Auguste Edouart's Silhouettes of Eminent Americans, 1839-1844" (1977), p. 524.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group