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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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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portraits he ever made wasthat of Daniel OConnell,from whom he never had asitting, but whom he sawonce for about five minutesin the Chamber of Com-merce, Dublin. Many por-traits of his friends he madeentirely from memory. Edward Ward Foster pre-ceded Edouart by a fewyears and though his worknever attained the popularityof his successor it has muchcharm. Most of FostersSilhouettes were made atDerby, where he had astudio to which many celebri- arts first professional sitter was the BishoD of Bangor Silhouette portrait painted on paper. This dates from about 1850 who paid the artist five shillings for the initial por- ties found their way. He employed a machine which he is trait. Afterwards he ordered forty more at the same said to have Invented himself and which he guaranteed price. Edouarts fame quickly spread and he was soon would take Profiles of any Lady or gentleman in a manner snipping out the portraits of half the celebrities of Eng- accurately precise in Resemblance, and perform
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