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Robert Fulton Silhouette

This silhouette sold for $585. Yup, this sitter could be Robert Fulton, but which Robert Fulton is he? I am sure there were many hundreds by that name. In this case, however, it is moot, as this silhouette was not cut by Jarvis. It was not done in 1809 or even in the 19th century. This is a very typical 20th work. This artist did so many historical figures, it is mind bogling. Many of them are nicely done, too. If someone liked this one, what's a spare change like $585. That's peanuts!

The seller writes:

RARE** ANTIQUE 1809 ROBERT FULTON SILHOUETTE by JOHN WESLEY JARVIS! LOOK!!
You are bidding on a beautiful rare antique 1809 signed Robert Fulton Silhouette by John Wesley Jarvis! This is an amazing old piece. It appears the body was cut from some sort of textured paper and the hair and other imbelishments were done by pen and ink. There was a picture with it when I purchased it that stated on the back it was appraised by Sotheby Auction in 1980 for $750. I picked this up at a recent estate sale. The pictures say the rest.

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