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John Randolph of Roanoke on his embarkation for Russia onboard ship "Concord"

John Randolph of Roanoke on his embarkation for Russia onboard ship "Concord"

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Full-length silhouette portrait shows the Virginia politician John Randolph facing left. He is dressed in a coat with tails, boots with spurs and carries a thin cane. He served as U.S. Minister to Russia in 1830.
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Inscribed in pencil on mount by an unknown hand: By Wm. Henry Brown.
Inscribed in ink on verso of mount: Taken from Wm. H. Brown Portrait Gallery of Distinguished American Citizens. Hartford, 1845. Plate 26, Page 104.
This ink drawing closely approximates the cut-paper silhouette of John Randolph executed by William Henry Brown in 1830. However, there are stylistic differences and a lack of precision that render it inferior to the quality of Brown's work.
Attribution to John Marshal (or Marshall) may be based on the entry in the accession log which singles out "John Marshall" from the other sitters associated with this group.
Inscribed in red ink on verso of mount: 44874.
Stamped on verso of mount: L.C. Division of Prints.
Purchase; 1915 Apr. 2; (DLC/PP-1915:44874).
Forms part of: Documentary drawing filing series (Library of Congress).

Cutting portraits, generally in profile, from black card became popular in the mid-18th century, though the term silhouette was seldom used until the early decades of the 19th century, and the tradition has continued under this name into the 21st century.





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