The "Lord's Prayer": Silhouette
Beige paper cut-out, laid on black prepared paper
frame: 5 5/8 x 6 1/2 x 1 in. ( 14.3 x 16.5 x 2.5 cm ) image: 3 3/4 x 4 3/4 in. ( 9.5 x 12.1 cm )
inscription: lower center: "Cut with out Hands by / Martha Honeywell" inscription: on back: "In 1828 when my mother was / on a visit to her Parents in / New York she saw Martha / Honeywell cut without hands / the Lords Prayer from Tissue / Paper - / Mar
Inscribed at lower center on cut-out etiquette in brown ink: "Cut with out Hands by / Martha Honeywell"; verso of silhouette inscribed in brown ink: "The Lords Prayer / cut by Martha Honeywell a / [?]ing girl born without arms, / she used scissors with her toes as / one would with their fingers- / Our Mother was present / when she cut it in New York / the summer of 1828- / My sister in Law Mrs. Preston / told me the girl was born on / her farm near Louisville / M.D. Hancock / 1894"
Silhouette: Text of the Lord's Prayer with stylized floral border cut from lightweight beige paper and affixed to hand-coated black paper; rectangular gilded frame.
Born without arms, the woman who cut this silhouette held the scissors in her teeth while the paper was supported on a table. For a while, she demonstrated her unusual skill at Barnum's Museum in New York City.
Gift of Miss Helen M. Turner, 1935
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.