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Silhouette artist at USS Constitution Museum

18th century silhouette
18th century silhouette

Traditionally, a silhouette is a form of artwork, the term originating in the 18th century and applied to portraits or other pictorial representations cut from thin black card. Before photography, silhouette profiles cut from black card were the cheapest way of recording a person's appearance.

Paper silhouette profiles were quite popular with sailors as mementos of their loved ones who were left at home while the sailors went to sea. While captains and officers could afford to take hand painted miniatures of their wives and children to sea, sailors brought the more affordable paper silhouette along with them.

Join silhouette artist Carol Lebeaux at the USS Constitution Museum on November 11 and take home one of these memories in profile. Ms. Lebeaux, who has a well established reputation throughout New England cutting portrait silhouettes at arts and craft fairs and fund-raising events, while working directly from the sitting model, will be in the museum between 10 am and 4 pm to create silhouettes for all interested visitors.

An original silhouette is priced at $33.00. A duplicate copy, cut at the same time, costs $12.00 each (free for Museum members). Mats and classic oval frames will also be available for purchase and Carol will mount and frame silhouettes on site. A great holiday gift! Silhouettes can also be created from photographs. See Carol’s website for more information about the silouhette process

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of silhouettes will benefit the USS Constitution Museum's educational programs

Please call 617-426-1812 ext.146 or e-mail for more information or to reserve time for Carol to make a silhouette.


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