Silhouette (circa 1870)

Lady Headley


Gouache, pen, and ink

52 x 44 cm

A silhouette depicting Lady Headley, likely the wife of the 6th or 7th Baron Headley. Lord Headley, Baron Allanson and Winn, of Aghadoe in the County of Kerry, was a title in the Peerage of Ireland, first created in 1797.

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 good; some staining.

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