Unidentified Man: Silhouette
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.
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.