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A full-length profile of a Gentleman

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Artist: John Woodhouse

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4950
The sitter is shown holding a fashionable tasseled stick
painted on glass, Signed on the reverse and dated July 1804. Complete with instructions from the artist The Picture to be placed upon a side or back light not exceeding 4 ft. 6 ins. in height from the ground floor.

Most of the charm of Woodhouse's full-length silhouettes lies in the lightly painted backgrounds, which have a ghostly look, apparently achieved by light touching with an almost dry brush, while density in the background decoration is effected with a coarser brush. On the profile itself, such details as the sitter's hand, or the lining of a coat, are also rendered in this fashion. Hair seems to have been drawn entirely with the needle. Woodhouse does not seem to have used the fingerprinting.

Dated 1840, this is a late example of John's work.
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Year                 1840
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