This is a wonderful little all original George III period portrait silhouette that was produced in England during the 19th century, circa 1820. The silhouette features a male sitter in profile view. The silhouette is painted on card, just look at the lovely bronzed detailing. The silhouette is housed behind old glass in its original stained wood frame complete with its original wood backing board with the artist ink inscription reading “By J. Wass, 76 Corhnill.”
John Wass (b abt. 1794 – d 1832) was a silhouette artist active in London during the first quarter of the 19th century. John Wass specialised in bronzing detailing, adding light and tone to the black silhouette with fine brush strokes of gold. He worked in the Cornhill area of London. There are very few surviving known examples of his work making this absolutely ideal for a collector.
John Wass married Mary Ann Wass née Senior (b abt. 1793 – 1868) had several children.
Their only son was Charles Wentworth Wass (b 1817 – d 1905) who was a print engraver, art dealer and gallery director in London. Interestingly, Charles Wentworth Wass’s sister in law was Mary Ann Harriet Margaret Hooper (b 1829 – d 1904) who was an English writer known particularly for her cookbooks, besides novels and children's books. Charles Wentworth Wass lived with his sister in law for many years following the death of his wife.
Reference: Page 447 in “British Silhouette Artists and their Work 1760-1860” by Sue McKechnie.
This is a unique opportunity to own a silhouette by a fascinating and sought after artist. Please see our collection of 18th and 19th century silhouettes and portrait miniatures listed separately in our store.
Measuring: Frame width 4 inch (10 cm) by height 4.75 inch (12 cm). Aperture width 2.5 inch (6.5 cm) by height 3.25 inch (8.5 cm).
Condition: Light surface wear to frame commensurate with age.
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RARE Antique 19th Century Silhouette by John Wass 76 Cornhill London C 1820
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