George James Cornell (c. 1821-1857): Silhouette
Black prepared blue paper cut-out, mounted on card with irregular window cut out to reveal inscription on verso
frame: 12 3/4 x 5 3/4 x 1/2 in. ( 32.4 x 14.6 x 1.3 cm ) image height: 8 1/4 in. ( 21 cm )
inscribed in ink: below figure: "George Jas. Cornell" inscribed in ink: on back of paper: "George Jas. Cornell / New York 15th Jan'ry 1840."
Label pasted below image inscribed in brown ink: "George Jas. Cornell" (autograph of sitter); blue paper of silhouette verso read through window of card inscribed in brown ink: "George Jas. Cornell / New YK 15th Janry. 1840."
Silhouette: Full-length male figure in left-facing profile; black paper cut-out mounted on cream paper; on verso of cream card, window cut out to reveal inscription on verso of black cut-out; rectangular black-painted wood frame.
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 . . .": "Cornell, Geo. James (New York, Jan 14, 1840)." See Andrew Oliver, "Auguste Edouart's Silhouettes of Eminent Americans, 1839-1844" (1977), p. 518.
Gift of Miss Lena Cadwalader Evans
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