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Thomas Allen (1743-1810): Silhouette

Object Number: 
Gray wash and graphite on beige paper
sheet: 12 5/8 x 7 3/4 in. ( 32.1 x 19.7 cm )
Inscribed at lower center in brown ink: "Thomas Allen Esqr Lanesborough / -- 1793"
Silhouette: Life-size (?) right-facing profile of male subject; ink wash within graphite outline on cream paper with handwritten inscription below.
Gallery Label: 
This profile portrait of Thomas Allen is one of about two dozen found among the papers of Benjamin Tappan, great-grandfather of the donor. Allen was a native of Massachusetts, as was Tappan. He was the first minister of Pittsfield, Mass., and a chaplain during the American Revolution.
Credit Line: 
Gift of John K. Wright, 1945
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group