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Item Ref. 5152

BRITISH SCHOOL, circa 1824

This is a touching little bust-length silhouette of a child named Charles Shipley. Charles is depicted in a short-sleeved dress with a square neckline and a ribbon sash at the waist. He is also wearing a coral beaded necklace intended as a charm against evil spirits.

The silhouette is cut out and has been gilded. What makes it personal though is the little lock of white hair that has enclosed with the profile together with the inscription "A lock of Charles Shipley's Hair Cut off July, 14th 1824".

The silhouette is set in a period Hogarth frame with a verre églomise mount.

Size: framed, 7 x 6¼" (180 x 159mm)

Price: £200

Cut and gilded silhouette of a child framed with a lock of his hair

 


Cut and gilded silhouette of a child holding flowers

Item Ref. 4803

BRITISH SCHOOL, circa 1840

This is a charming full-length silhouette of a child holding a single flower. She is wearing a dress with short flounced sleeves and a wide skirt tied at the back with a ribbon bow. She has a beaded necklace and is wearing bootees.

The silhouette is cut and gilded with a light watercolour wash backdrop. It is housed in a rosewood frame.

Framed size: 8 x 6¾" (204 x 170mm)

Price: £240


Item Ref. 4995

BRITISH SCHOOL, circa 1850

It's always gratifying to find two or more family portraits that have been kept together as this pair of coloured half-length profiles have. The gentleman, named as Thomas Richardson (1818-1874), is portrayed wearing a black tail-coat over a lemon waistcoat and black knotted stock. His wife, Elizabeth Ann Richardson (1820-1886), is wearing a vibrant green dress with a draped bodice and pointed waistline. Her dark hair is looped round her ears and drawn back into a twisted knot.

The profiles are watercolour on card and are housed in good quality period rosewood frames. There is minor light spotting to the unpainted areas on both portraits but overall they are in fine condition.

Size: framed, 8¼ x 7¼" (212 x 188mm)

Price: £325

Watercolour profile portrait of a lady, one of a pair

Watercolour profile portrait of a gentleman, one of a pair


Cut and gilded silhouette of a gentleman by Hubard Gallery

Stencil signature on the reverse of a Hubard Gallery profile

Item Ref. 4714

HUBARD GALLERY, active 1822 - circa 1845

This is a skilfully cut bust-length silhouette portrait of a gentleman with wavy hair and long side whiskers. His coat has a high rolled collar and deep revers and is worn over a waistcoat, a shirt with a standing collar and a knotted cravat.

The dark parts of the profile have been cut out. The shirt and waistcoat though are not cut out but have been painted directly onto the background card in watercolour. The Gallery's stencil stamp is on the reverse and the profile resides in the original handsomely figured bird's eye maple veneer frame with a gilt slip.

Framed size: 6¾ x 5¾" (172 x 145mm)

Price: £230

The Hubard Gallery was established in 1822 by a businessman seeking to exploit the precocious talents of the child artist, William James Hubard who whiled away the time in Chapel by cutting silhouettes of the congregation. The following year Hubard was presented with a silver palette by the Glasgow Philosophical Society who exhibited his work for the first time. This spurred the Gallery on to success and, to keep up with demand, several artists with individual styles and differing abilities were employed. They toured extensively around the British Isles and the United States. Hubard himself eventually left the Gallery to work on his own and when the American Civil War broke out he began experimenting with gunpowder but it was an interest that was to kill him when a bomb accidentally exploded at his foundry.


Item Ref. 4933

BRITISH SCHOOL, circa 1840

This is an attractive cut half-length silhouette of a teenage girl wearing a wide-shouldered dress with a Bertha top and narrow sleeves. She has a beaded necklace and her hair is arranged in a plait tied with a ribbon bow with ringlets framing her face.

The silhouette is cut out and has been gilded. It is housed in a rosewood frame with a gilt slip. Fine condition.

Size: framed, 7 x 6" (171 x 150mm)

Price: £165

Cut and gilded silhouette of a young lady


Cut and gilded silhouette of an elegant lady

Item Ref. 4866

BRITISH SCHOOL, circa 1825

This is a cut and finely gilded bust-length silhouette of an elegant young lady, her hair swept up in a fashionable Apollo knot secured with a large tortoiseshell comb and with long ringlets clasped to the side of her face. Her dress has wide sleeves and a round neckline and for jewellery she is wearing a long gold chain, a beaded necklace and gold drop earrings.

The silhouette is cut and laid on card. It is housed in a particularly handsome flat profile rosewood veneer frame with a gilt slip. Fine condition.

Size: framed, 8½ x 7½" (216 x 189mm)

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Item Ref. 5014

SAMUEL METFORD (1810-1896)

This is a delightful example of a profile by Quaker silhouette artist Samuel Metford. It depicts a young boy with ringletted hair wearing a Petersham coat with two rows of buttons down the front and a further line of buttons on the back, On his feet he has dainty shoes decorated with little bows, a style that was commonly worn by boys and men at that time. The boy is holding a toy whip in one hand and his peaked cap in the other hand.

The silhouette has been cut out and is extensively gilded. The coat collar appears to have been cut separately from white card. The profile has been laid on a simple watercolour wash backdrop and is signed bottom left "S Metford, fecit".

Signature of the artist Samuel Metford

Although it's not particularly noticeable, there is a small watermark just above the watercolour base on the right hand side. Otherwise the silhouette is in fine condition. The frame has minor old losses to the veneer on both top corners.

Size: framed, 10¾ x 9¼" (277 x 235mm)

Price: £280

Born in Glastonbury into a Quaker family, Samuel Metford left England for the United States when just 24 years old. He became an American citizen and worked there for about ten years before returning to settle in Lancashire. He worked almost exclusively within the Quaker community. He returned to the United States in 1865 but only stayed there a couple of years before finally returning home to his native Somerset. Metford had no children (his wife became mentally ill shortly after their marriage) but he adopted a son within the Quaker community in the north of England. He died in 1896 in his 86th year.

Samuel Metford, cut and gilded silhouette of a boy

Cut and gilded silhouette of a boy by Samuel Metford


John Field silhouette painted on plaster of a named gentleman

Artist's trade label

Item Ref. 5060

JOHN FIELD (1772-1848) in the studio of JOHN MIERS

Every good collection of silhouettes should include at least one profile by John Field and this is a fine example of his work. The sitter, named in a contemporary inscription on the reverse as Henry Revell Reynolds, has a high forehead topped with wispy curls and is wearing a double-breasted coat over a frilled chemise and stock. The profile is backed with the unbroken artist's trade label no. 12. This label was in use between 1810 and 1821, the period when Field is acknowledged to have produced his finest work.

Henry Revell Reynolds the Elder was the Chief Commissioner for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors and therefore a man anyone in financial difficulties would wish to befriend!

The profile is painted on plaster and has been finely bronzed. It is presented in the original papier-mâché frame with a decorative surround and an elongated leaf hanger. Fine condition.

Size: framed, 6 x 5" (151 x 121mm)
Provenance: Originally sold by Charles Woollett & Son, 59/61 Wigmore Street, London

S O L D !

Ranking amongst the finest silhouette artists, John Field began his career as an assistant to John Miers during the 1790s. Theirs was to be a long and prolific partnership lasting until the death of Miers in 1821 when the business was jointly willed to Field and Miers' son William. Field excelled at bronzing and his work in this area was unequalled.


Item Ref. 4926

CHARLES ROSENBERG (1745-1844)

This is one of Rosenberg's lesser known full-length silhouettes reverse painted on flat glass. Even though the figure is diminutive in size - it stands at just over 10 cm in height - and has been painted in solid black without the use of transparency, the detailing is remarkable: bushy eyebrows, eyelash, double chin, two large buttons on his coat and a large bow on his bag wig. The gentleman is identified as the Earl of Guilford and is depicted holding a cane with his hat tucked under his arm and a sword hanging on his belt.

George Augustus North, 3rd Earl of Guilford was born in 1757, the eldest son of Tory Prime Minister Lord North. He followed in his father’s footsteps being educated at Eton and Oxford before entering Parliament.

The silhouette is painted on glass and is backed with the original paper (now somewhat browned). It is housed in the original giltwood frame and backed with the artist's trade label which is inscribed (perhaps in the artist's own hand) "Earl of Guilford / patron of this living / 1793". The gilding to the frame is distressed with small areas of loss. The sitter's name has been inscribed along the bottom edge though this has faded. The profile itself is in excellent condition.

Size: framed, 7¾ x 6¼" (198 x 161mm)

S O L D !

Austrian-born, Charles Rosenberg is believed to have come to England as one of the entourage accompanying Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz when she arrived in 1761 to marry King George III. This connection may explain why he enjoyed royal and aristocratic patronage throughout his career. Rosenberg settled in Bath where he eventually married in 1790. He was one of the most successful silhouette artists of the period.

Full-length silhouette by Charles Rosenberg

Charles Rosenberg's trade label


Painted silhouette of a gentleman by John Field

Partial trade label on the reverse of a silhouette by John Field

Item Ref. 4960

JOHN FIELD (1772-1848)in the studio of JOHN MIERS

This is another fine example of the work of profilist John Field. The sitter, named in a partial contemporary inscription on the reverse as Ch[arles?] Desborough Esq, has a prominent nose and is bald on top with straggly hair at the back of his head. He is wearing a double-breasted coat and a deep stock. The profile is backed with a remnant of the artist's trade label no. 12 and is dated Feb. 1816. This label was in use between 1810 and 1821, the period when Field is acknowledged to have produced his finest work.

The profile is painted on plaster and has been finely bronzed. It is presented in the original papier-mâché frame with a decorative surround and an acorn hanger. Fine condition.

Size: framed, 5¾ x 47/8 " (148 x 123mm)

S O L D !

Ranking amongst the finest silhouette artists, John Field began his career as an assistant to John Miers during the 1790s. Theirs was to be a long and prolific partnership lasting until the death of Miers in 1821 when the business was jointly willed to Field and Miers' son William. Field excelled at bronzing and his work in this area was unequalled.


Item Ref. 3947

FREDERICK FRITH

This is a cut and well-detailed full-length silhouette that has been very gilded. It depicts an unnamed Light Infantry officer sporting bushy side-whiskers and wearing an undress frock coat, the tassels of his sash looped up on his chest and his laced shoulder scales with the strung bugle horn badge. This emblem is shown again on the mohair band of his forage cap. The officer is standing with his gloved hand resting on the belt supporting his sword with his cap in his right hand.

The cut out profile is laid on a watercolour wash backdrop and is signed and dated bottom right 'Frith / 1841'. It is further signed on the reverse: 'Fred Frith / Fecit / Victoria Gallery / 1841'. The silhouette is housed in a deep bird's eye maple veneer frame with a gilt slip. The condition is excellent with just light age-browning to the background card.

Signature of Frederick Frith

Size: to view, 103/8 x 7½" (264 x 190) ; framed, 15 x 12¼" (383 x 306mm)

Price: £525

The Royal Victoria Gallery was run by three members of the Frith family: brothers, Henry Albert & Frederick (1819-1871), and their father, John. The Gallery advertised themselves as 'PAPRYOTOMISTS to His Late as well as to her present Most Gracious Majesty'. They toured extensively producing highly finished work. In the early 1850s Frederick emigrated to Australia where he opened a photography studio advertising himself as 'formerly of Regent Street London, Edinburgh & Dublin'. He was later joined in Australia and in the business by his brother.

Cut and finely gilded silhouette by the Royal Victoria Gallery

Signature of Frith of the Royal Victoria Gallery


Silhouette painted on glass by William Farthing

Rarely seen trade label for William Farthing

Item Ref. 4929

WILLIAM FARTHING, active 1797-1807

This is a rare example of a profile emanating from the studio of William Farthing of Cheapside. It portrays a young gentleman wearing a frilled chemise and a knotted cravat, his curly hair arranged in the fashionable à la Titus style.

The silhouette is reverse painted on convex glass in solid back with some transparency used to highlight the hair and costume details. It is backed with a buffish-pink composition.

The silhouette is presented in the original pearwood frame backed with the rarely seen artist's trade label no. 2, believed to have been in use around 1806-1807. The label has surface rubbing but is virtually unbroken. An old ink inscription running partly round the outer edge of the label possibly names the sitter but is indecipherable. The silhouette is in excellent condition; the frame (which is more brown than black in colouring) has a small chip and the usual nibbles to the edge.

Size: framed, 47/8 x 41/8" (126 x 105mm)
Provenance: Sotheby's, 24 July 1978

S O L D !

Despite the wording on his label, William Farthing was not actually a silhouette artist himself but a jeweller, a maker of pocket books and a dealer in silhouettes. He lived and worked at no. 12 Cheapside, London, an area that was a hive for publishers and booksellers during the eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Farthing acquired one of Isaac Hawkins’s Patent Machines for taking profiles and it is believed that he employed silhouettist Henry Hervé I to use it.


 

Item Ref. 2394

ENGLISH SCHOOL, circa 1830

This attractive silhouette portrait is painted with a touch of colour and portrays a young lady wearing a dress with full, possibly 'leg of mutton' sleeves and a coral beaded necklace. Her hair is swept up into an Apollo knot and secured with a large comb.

The silhouette is painted in dark grey watercolour with gold paint used to accentuate the hair. It is set in a handsome period bird's eye maple frame.

Framed size: 77/8 x 7½" (185 x 140mm)

Price: £120

Painted silhouette portrait of a lady

Painted silhouette portrait of a lady


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