Silhouette

This example of a silhouette was requested by one of the subscribing schools for a visually impaired pupil and this picture extends the folk art of the library. Silhouette take its name from the French Minister of Finance, Etienne de Silhouette (1709 1769) who created shapes by cutting outlines from black paper and displaying them on white. The heads are usually shown in profile. Later, painted silhouettes became fine miniatures. As these pictures were popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, they often depict a style of dress and hair fashion popular at the time. Such images are easily recognisable to sighted people, who can quickly estimate the date from the fashion of the time.


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