Silhouette of Benjamin Wills - Hollow Cut - Circa 1820
This is an early 19th century silhouette that may have been of a Benjamin Wills. It is difficult to make out the last name of this gentleman at the bottom right of the silhouettes wood.There are several sentences on the bottom half of the silhouettes backing but the most intriguing part of the history of this hollow-cut portrait are the two words at the top left of the backing... those two words are 'Ever Yours'. Did this gentleman die before he could be married? or was he a father and hsuband who died too early.
Hollow-cut silhouettes are made by cutting the silhouette from a piece of tan or light colored paper and then laid on a black (or other dark colored) backing.
Benjamin is 4" x 4.75" and is also from my personal collection.
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