Silhouette (circa 1870)

Miss Dodo Guinness

Gouache, pen, and ink

52 x 44 cm

Adelaide Maud Guinness, nicknamed ‘Dodo’, was descended from the banking line of Guinnesses. Her father was the barrister and MP Richard Samuel Guinness. Dodo married Edward Cecil Guinness, the 1st Earl of Iveagh and her third cousin, in 1873. Edward’s father had died in 1868, after which Edward inherited a share of the famous Guinness brewery. The Guinness family seat is Elveden Hall in Suffolk.

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 to upper edge.

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