Silhouette of Young Man - English Paste and Cut
This is a Regency period (1811-1820) Paste and Cut silhouette of a young man in a very tall top hat. Paste and cut silhouettes are cut from black paper and applied to a neutral background. This silhouette has been pasted onto a fabric background (which is quite unusual). It is difficult to see in the pictures but the fabric has a raised, velvety look to it.The backing of this small silhouette is also a velvet fabric but in a purple color. His 'fluttery eyelashes are long and prominant, so he may have been a bit of a rake. The ruffles on his shirt and the jaunty position of his top hat also supposes he is a bit of a 'rake' too. He is 2.5" x 3.5" and is also from my personal collection.
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