Blog: @silhouettist

A modern-day silhouettist tells his story.
Charles Burns writes about his explorations into the art and history of silhouette. His mission is to bring this often-overlooked art to a wider, appreciative audience.

April Fielding, the Crystal Palace Silhouettistte

April Fielding, the Crystal Palace Silhouettistte

The English silhouettistte April Fielding (her description, not mine) is a shadowy character. Until this month, I didn't even know her name! I only recognised a series of very fine postcard silhouettes, made in the 1900s, embedded in graphite and initialled "AF". (more…)

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Mrs Ames, the mysterious Georgian silhouettist

Mrs Ames, the mysterious Georgian silhouettist

Virtual Studio Day: 13th May 2021 •  Who on earth was Mrs Ames? It’s a good question. Considering that only one pair of silhouettes painted by her has ever been identified, researchers have written a surprising amount about this artist (or artists). (more…)

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Portraits and Caricatures by Inger Eidem

Portraits and Caricatures by Inger Eidem

Virtual Studio Day: 30th June 2021 •  I heard about Inger Eidem long before I knew her name. Whilst cutting silhouettes at events I'd occasionally meet people who'd tell me about silhouettes they had done in their childhood. Apparently the artist cut through two pieces of paper at the same time, one of which became a portrait and the other a caricature. Wait, what?! Is that even possible?

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Sarah Harrington’s hollow-cuts

Sarah Harrington’s hollow-cuts

Virtual Studio Day: 28th July 2021 •  I recently came across the work of a talented silhouettist called Sarah Harrington.  She was a professional silhouettist who worked during the latter part of the eighteenth century.  What struck me about about her work (apart from her obvious love of hats) is that they're all cut inside-out! (more…)

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Marie Antoinette, by Isabella Beetham

Marie Antoinette, by Isabella Beetham

Virtual Studio Day: 14th March 2021 • Last Wednesday I picked up an eighteenth-century silhouette by Isabella Beetham. Beetham is a well-known Georgian artist and her work is much prized by collectors today. She is something of a feminist icon. (more…)

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