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Hubard Gallery, 1820s


A well-detailed cut and gilded silhouette conversation piece with a painted watercolour wash background.

The Hubard Gallery was established in 1822 by a businessman seeking to exploit the precocious talents of the child cutter, William James Hubard. To keep up with demand as the Gallery went on tour, several artists with differing styles and abilities were employed. These artists were rarely credited though as the profiles were all marketed under the Hubard Gallery banner.

Item Ref. 7172

Size: framed, 474 x 533mm (18⅝ x 21")

Provenance: Lady Betty Shackleton, daughter-in-law of Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton & wife of geographer and politician Sir Edward