Framed Silhouette by Samuel Metford

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Cut paper full-length silhouette of a young gentleman standing in a room interior featuring a Classical chair and table and with a steamship shown out the window.  Signed in the lower left by the artist, “Samuel Metford, Fecit.  New York, Novr. 1841”.

Samuel Metford (1810-1890) of England, South Carolina, Connecticut and New York.

Cut paper with lithograph on paper.

Held in the original green paint decorated frame with applied architectural elements.

Provenance:  This finely crafted cut paper silhouette is mounted on a lithograph on paper background and signed in the lower left by the artist, “Samuel Metford, Fecit.  New York, Novr. 1841” for Samuel Metford (1810-1890) of England, South Carolina, Connecticut and New York. Samuel Metford was born in Glastonbury, England in 1810, the son of Joseph Metford (b.1776), a Quaker.   Samuel Metford learned the art of silhouette cutting in England and first traveled to the United States about 1834.  He would spend the next ten years working in Connecticut, New York and South Carolina.  In 1842 he advertised his address as 111 Chapel Street in New Haven, Connecticut.  About 1844, he returned to England and it is believed he worked in the northern part of the country and possibly in Scotland.  Samuel Metford would return to the United States in 1865 to work for only two years before moving back to England.    During the 1840s Samuel Metford employed the use of lithograph on paper backgrounds, often featuring a sailing ship.  The silhouette described above is dated November 1841 and is identified in the signature as having been made in New York.  The same background is used in a silhouette of John Rylands, of Bewsey House in Warrington, England, featuring the signature “S. Metford, fecit.”  Unfortunately there is no date included, although likely created shortly after his first return to England about 1844.

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