Unidentified Man: Silhouette

Object Number: 
c. 1850
Black prepared paper cut-out, with gouache and gold metallic pigment laid on beige paper
image height: 2 5/8 in. ( 6.7 cm ) sheet: 3 5/8 x 3 3/8 in. ( 9.2 x 8.6 cm )
Inscribed along lower edge in brown ink: "Cut with the Mouth by M.A. Honeywell --"
Silhouette: Bust of male subject in left-facing profile; black paper cut-out with details of hair and costume in gold and white, mounted on rectangular piece of cream paper with handwritten inscription on front.
Gallery Label: 
Born without arms, the woman who cut this silhouette held the scissors in her teeth while the paper was supported on a table. For a while, she demonstrated her unusual skill at Barnum's Museum in New York City.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group