"Profilist" ~ sometimes used to refer to one who cuts silhouettes. We learned this in my son's Art curriculum this week. We also learned more about the talented Mr. Charles Peale in the last of this Early American Art unit.
Not only was Charles an extremely gifted painter and fathered a legacy of talented painters, he also could wield a pair of scissors! He captured sitter's likenesses not only with paint and brush, but with scissors and paper too. Here is a silhouette attributed to Charles that resides in the Library of Congress.
I haven't tried to cut a silhouette out of paper, but I have become interested in these little treasures so much that I did have to try and paint a few...I have 2 completed and several drawn and ready to paint.
One of the two I have painted will be available on the 1st of October on a website I've recently joined: TDIPT Mercantile
(so I have to wait to show you that one), but here is one I've just completed and will put in a simple black frame and offer it for sale on my website this weekend.
Speaking of weekends, I hope you have an enjoyable one.
Here are a few websites to visit to learn more about silhouettes, as well as, Charles as a profilist.