Silhouette (circa 1870)

Miss Chapman

Gouache, pen, and ink

52 x 44 cm

One of the daughters of David Barclay Chapman – either Ella Maria or Eugenia Susannah. His other daughter, Adeline Mary, appears in another silhouette from this particular set. David Barclay Chapman was a partner in the bank which in 1896 became the Limited Company Barclay & Co, known today as Barclay’s.

Prior to photography, silhouettes were the easiest way of recording a person’s appearance. This set might record the group present at a country house party, a wedding, or other similar convivial occasion.

Condition: generally very good.

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