Baltimore Gentleman

Baltimore Gentleman

Auguste Edouart (1789-1861)


Positive cutout black paper silhouette applied over lithographed buff paper

The silhouette portrait was a wildly popular medium in the early 18th-19th centuries. In this work, the artist Auguste Edouart carefully cut the silhouette and pasted it into a customized background scene. Edouart was known for his skills with scissors and small details, like the small white piece of paper in this work, meant to depict the gentleman’s collar.

For Further Thinking: Although the identity of this figure is not absolutely known, many people during this era believed that a person’s face, especially when shown in profile, expressed specific attributes of the figure’s personality. Based on his profile in this work, what personality traits would you say this man has?