Joachim D. L. Zender, M.D.: Silhouette
Black prepared blue paper cut-out with graphite, laid on card with irregular window cut out to reveal inscription on verso
frame: 12 1/2 x 6 x 1/2 in. ( 31.8 x 15.2 x 1.3 cm ) image height: 8 in. ( 20.3 cm )
inscription: on back: "J. D. L. Zender, M.D. / member of the Phrenological Societies of Paris / and of New York, and of the Botany Medical / Society of New York, practician in animal / and electro-magnetism etc - Philadelphia / the 25th of September 1842"
Blue paper of silhouette verso read through window of card inscribed in brown ink: "J.D.L. Zender. M.D. / member of the Phrenological Societies of Paris / and of New York, and of the Botany medical / Society of New york, practition in animal / and electro-magneticism etc. Philadelphia / the 25th. of September 1842."
Silhouette: Full-length male figure in left-facing profile; black paper cut-out with details outlined in graphite, mounted on cream paper; window cut out of cream card to reveal inscription of primary support; 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 . . .": "Zender, T. D. L., mesmerist (New Orleans, Sept. 25, 1842)." See Andrew Oliver, "Auguste Edouart's Silhouettes of Eminent Americans, 1839-1844" (1977), p. 549. The name Joachim D. L. Zender appears in the New York Directory for 1844-45. Zender is listed as a physician at 138 Fulton Street. His home address is 409 Broome.
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