Attributed to the Royal Victoria Gallery on stylistic grounds, this cut and gilded half-length silhouette depicts a gentleman named Henry Hawkes wearing a frock coat, buttoned waistcoat and knotted stock. A contemporary inscription on the reverse dates the profile to October 7th, 1837.
Born in 1805, Henry Hawkes was educated at Glasgow University and was then appointed as a Unitarian minister in Portsmouth where he was greatly respected. He also wrote a history of the ragged school movement. He retired to Liverpool where he died in 1886.
The silhouette is in fine condition and is housed in what appears to be a period faux bird’s eye maple frame with a gilt slip. The glass has a scratch top left.
Item Ref. 5330
Size: framed, 195 x 165mm (7⅞ x 6⅝")