Henry Baron von Altenstein: Silhouette

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Hollow-cut beige paper
image height: 3 1/8 in. ( 7.9 cm ) sheet: 4 7/8 x 4 in. ( 12.4 x 10.2 cm )
inscribed in pencil: above bust: "Henri Baron d'Altenstein / son of Elizabeth Baroness von / Altenstein / grandson / of / David Grim" inscribed in pencil: below bust: "Charles Henry Frederic[?]"
Inscribed at upper center in graphite: "Henri Baron d'Altstein / son of Elizabeth Baroness von / Altenstein grandson / of / David Grim"; at lower center: "Charles Henry Frederic"
Silhouette: Bust of male subject hollow-cut from rectangular sheet of beige paper.
Gallery Label: 
The subject was the grandson 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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. J. Harper Skillin, 1950
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group