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Silhouetted Fishing Scene: Man Net Fishing from a Boat with a Woman, Man, and Seated Horn Player on Shore near Four Cows and a Goat

Object Number: 
1979.33
Date: 
c. 1850
Medium: 
Black prepared paper cut-out
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 3/4 x 4 1/8 in. (14.6 x 10.5 cm)
Marks: 
inscription: on back: "W. Miller / a/hk" inscription: on album leaf: "Lydia M. Cummings / 1837-1927"
Description: 
Silhouette: Black-painted paper cut-out depicting river banks with trees surrounding fishing boat on the water at center; fishing net held by two men, one standing in boat and one on shore at the right; female figure stands next to man on right shore; four cows, a goat, and seated flute player on left.
Gallery Label: 
This silhouette may be based on a watercolor by William Rickarby Miller (1818-1893). It came to the society mounted in an album of sketches and engravings by Thomas S. Cummings and various other nineteenth-century American artists on a page marked "Lydia Cummings".
Credit Line: 
Gift of Whitney Hartshorne
Provenance: 
Thomas Seir Cummings Collection, New York, 1866; Mansfield , conn., 1889; and Hackensack, New Jersey, after 1889.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group