John Macdougall Laurance (1750-1810): Silhouette
Hollow-cut beige paper with black underlay, and black ink
frame: 6 x 4 3/4 x 3/4 in. ( 15.2 x 12.1 x 1.9 cm ) image height: 2 3/8 in. ( 6 cm )
embossed: below bust: "TODD'S / PATENT" inscription: on label affixed to back : "John McDougall[sic] Laurance"
Embossed at lower center: "TODD";
Silhouette: Bust of male subject in right-facing profile; image hollow-cut by machine from beige paper with black underlay; hair drawn in ink on margin of cut-out; in octagonal window of black reverse-painted glass with gold border; oval wood frame.
Born in Cornwall, England, Laurance came to America in 1767 and five years later was admitted to the bar. In 1775 he was commissioned in the First New York Regiment and two years later was appointed judge advocate general on the staff of General George Washington. After the war he served successively as New York state senator, New York's representative to the first U.S. Congress, and from 1796 to 1800 as U.S. senator from New York.
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