Meriwether Lewis Clark: Silhouette
Black prepared paper cut-out with white gouache, laid on card with lithographed background and gray wash
mat: 18 1/2 x 14 3/4 in. ( 47 x 37.5 cm ) sheet: 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. ( 34.3 x 24.1 cm )
inscribed in pencil: on back: "Taken by Brown / . . . July 8th 1839" ? and "Clark, Meriwether Lewis (son of Wm. Rogers Clark)" ink stamped: on back: "Hall Park Mc Cullough Collection / The New-York Historical Society"
Verso inscribed at lower center in graphite: "Clark, Meriwether Lewis (son of Wm. Rogers Clark)"
Silhouette: Full-length male figure in right-facing profile; black paper cut-out with details outlined in graphite, mounted on rectangular sheet of lithographed heavyweight beige paper with tall tree at the left framing distant view of landscape.
The subject is identified as the son of William Rogers Clark, of the famous Lewis and Clark expedition.
Gift of the Heirs of Hall Park McCullough
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.