Sunday

Group of Peale Silhouettes


Here is a good example of a grouping of silhouettes cut at the Museum. I believe there were half a dozen cutters working there. My favorite cutter is the one who cut the long elongated bustlines with a small notch at the tip. For reasons unknown, the sitters for this cutter always seem to be attractive young women. Check out the three silhouettes on the top center. There is a good chance that the man in the middle row, second from the left, is stamped “Peale” if it does have a stamp. That bust curve is my least favorite of the Museum bustlines.