Margaret Nostrand Townsend (?): Silhouette
Black prepared paper cut-out, laid on paper
frame: 10 5/8 x 8 5/8 x 7/8 in. ( 27 x 21.9 x 2.2 cm ) image height: 5 3/4 in. ( 14.6 cm )
signature and date: at lower center: "Aug'st Edouart, fecit 1840 / 411 Broadway New York" label: on back: "IRVING S. OLDS COLLECTION"
Signed and inscribed at lower center in brown ink: "augt. Edouart, fecit 1840 / 411 Broadway New York"; old backing board perhaps from original frame inscribed in brown ink: "C. Lawrence / My great-great randmother / Mrs. Thomas S. Townsend & her ^grand son / John D(rake?) Townsend"; below in graphite "(Margaret Nostrand)"
Silhouette: Full-length female figure seated in rocking chair, in left-facing profile; black paper cut-out mounted on cream paper; gilded rectangular 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 . . .": "Townsend, Mrs. Marguerite, aged 78 years (New York, Oct. 1, 1840)." See Andrew Oliver, "Auguste Edouart's Silhouettes of Eminent Americans, 1839-1844" (1977), p. 544.
Gift of Irving S. Olds
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