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Object ID 1941.066.004
Object Name Silhouette
Title Elizabeth Bell
Collection Works of Art
Credit line Gift of Mrs. Christopher L. Ward, Sr.
Year Range from 1820
Year Range to 1840
Description Framed silhouette of Elizabeth Bell that depicts a 3 1/4" high bust portrait of a young woman facing right. The sitter wears her hair in a high bun and has a delicate collar at the neck. The silhouette is cut from piece of paper that is mounted over a black silk background. There is hand-written pen text to the lower left of the image: "Elizabeth Bell." The silhouette is mounted into a round walnut frame and there are two red and white adhesive stickers on the back with text: "Elizabeth Bell given by Mrs. C.L. Ward."
Dimensions D-1.25 Dia-5.75 inches
Dimension Details framed dimensions
Owned Ross family
Provenance The donor acquired this and several other items from someone who had purchased them around 1928 from a Miss Ross, who lived with her father near Viola in Kent County. The subject may have a family connection to Delaware silversmith, Robert Ross, who was working in Frederica, DE around 1791.
Subjects Silhouettes
Search Terms Elizabeth Bell
Kent County
Nineteenth Century
Ross Family
Material Paper; silk; walnut frame
Place of Origin Kent County, DE
Medium Silhouette