Mrs. A. Cornell: Silhouette
Black prepared blue paper cut-out, laid on card with irregular window cut out to reveal inscription on verso behind silhouette
frame: 10 3/4 x 7 3/4 x 1/2 in. ( 27.3 x 19.7 x 1.3 cm ) image height: 6 1/8 in. ( 15.6 cm )
inscription: on paper affixed below figure: "Mrs. A. Cornell / 15th Jan'ry" inscription: on back: "Mrs. A. Cornell / Jan'y. 15, 1840"
Label pasted below image inscribed in brown ink: "Mrs. A. Cornell / 15th. Janry" (autograph of sitter); blue paper of silhouette verso read through window of card inscribed in brown ink: "Mrs. A. Cornell / Jany. 15. 1840"
Silhouette: Full-length female figure in left-facing profile; black paper cut-out mounted on cream paper; on verso of cream card, window cut out to reveal inscription on verso of black cut-out; 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 . . .": "Cornell, Mrs. A. (New York, Jan. 14, 1840)." See Andrew Oliver, "Auguste Edouart's Silhouettes of Eminent Americans, 1839-1844" (1977), p. 518.
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