Friday

William Jennys DID NOT Cut White Silhouettes

I have to set the record straight on Jennys, as one inaccurate information could lead people to believe that Jennys cut white silhouettes. When that happens, that false information gets repeated many times over and can end up in catalogs and books as a fact. No matter what anyone claims, Jennys never cut white silhouettes. This link will take you to that article: www.antiquesandfineart.com/articles/article.cfm?request=991

We covered this subject in the past. You can access the original post here: http://silhouettesamericana.blogspot.com/2013/06/hole-in-donut-silhouette-revited.html

At any rate, to make a long story short, the author of that article claims Jennys cut white silhouettes as a special order of sort, and believes those white silhouettes are not the inside portion of the left-over hollow-cut. He bases his reasoning on "tiny left detail" like falling lock of hair on the forehead etc. He already has one Texas dealer believing it. She writes that "blog guy" (referring to me) is wrong and believes the author of that article because there are no scissor entry cuts on those white silhouettes. Silhouette artists never stabbed the center of paper, or anywhere for that matter, to gain cutting access. They simply applied a sharp knife, smartly, in the bust area and started cutting. They used a combination of knives and scissors. So as you can see, this one false information is already starting to take root. I have to yank out that root before it grows to be a tree.

White silhouettes are left-overs from inside mid-section of a rectangular paper. Some artists gave them to sitters. Some artists discarded them (Moses Williams at Peale's Museum kept them in a barrel). A few others kept them and made albums or scrapbooks with them. William Bache is one of them (will do a post about it soon). That is why Bache albums contain pasted cut-outs that have been blackened. Many people believe he worked in cut-and-paste because his albums contain them. BUT they are NOT cut-and-paste. They are left-overs.

White silhouettes are all left-over cuttings. They are what they are. White cut-outs are many, many times rarer than hollow-cuts. They are cool stuff! The white cut-out illustrated is mine and is attributed to Augustas Day.


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