Title: American homes and gardens
Year: 1905 (1900s)
Subjects: Architecture, Domestic Landscape gardening
Publisher: New York : Munn and Co
Contributing Library: Smithsonian Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library
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ll are in excellentpreservation, for I am a practical col-lector and believe in perfect specimenswhenever possible. Many have already been described and reproduced inCharacteristic portrait in Silhouette of a young English and American art magazines.buck of the Georgian period Most of those shown here have not these portraits were adorned with delicately shaded hair and been published before,head-dress while the dainty ear showed a gilded ring. No Of the Silhouettists of the nineteenth century the most praise is too extrava-gant for these ex-quisite examples, andthat more have notsurvived the ravagesof time seems a thou-sand pities. Another form ofSilhouette is that inwhich the portrait ispainted in black ona concave glass, thehair and dress shadedlighter, and the wholefloated over with athin coating of wax.Delicate as the wingof a butterfly, theseSilhouettes were dif-ficult to preserve,for in a very shorttime the wax crackedand the portrait wasspoilt. As a conse-quence perfect speci-
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Silhouette Lady Ailesbury in Hyde Park famous was Au-guste Edouart, whocommenced to makeSilhouettes in 1825.It was chance thatled him to take upthe art. Whilevisiting some friendshe was shown twoor three profileportraits made bya machine whichhad just been in-vented. Edouartwas asked if he didnot think them won-derful, and whentold whom they rep-resented, he repliedby saying they wereexecrable. A child,he said, could dobetter, and in orderto prove his pointhe seized a pair of June, 1913 AMERICAN HOMES AND GARDENS 223 scissors and the cover ofa letter and quickly snip-ped out the profile of hishosts daughter. This heblackened with the aid ofthe snuffers and mounted.The likeness was so excel-lent that he was persuadedto make portraits of othermembers of the family andsome of the guests. Con-gratulations were showeredupon him, and so com-menced Edouarts career asa professional Silhouettist.It is believed that Edou-
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