Jane Eliza Dewel: Silhouette
Black prepared 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: 7 5/8 in. ( 19.4 cm )
inscribed in ink: below figure: "Miss Jane Eliza Dewel / Saratoga Sp's 26th July 1841." inscribed in ink: on back of paper: "Jane Eliza Dewel / Saratoga 26th July 1841."
Label pasted below image inscribed in blue ink: "Miss Jane Eliza Dewel / Saratoga Sps. 26th July 1841."; ivory paper of silhouette verso read through window of card inscribed in blue ink: "Jane Eliza Dewel / Saratoga 26th July 1841"
Silhouette: Full-length female 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's name appears in the "Complete List of 3,800 Silhouette Portraits of American Citizens Taken Between 1839-1849 by August Edouart . . . ." See Andrew Oliver, "Auguste Edouart's Silhouettes of Eminent Americans, 1839-1844" (1977), p. 520.
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