JAMES HOSLEY WHITCOMB (1806-1849)
JAMES HOSLEY WHITCOMB (1806-1849)
JAMES HOSLEY WHITCOMB (1806-1849)
AMERICAN SCHOOL (19TH CENTURY)
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JAMES HOSLEY WHITCOMB (1806-1849)

HOLLOW-CUT SILHOUETTE PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN

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JAMES HOSLEY WHITCOMB (1806-1849)
HOLLOW-CUT SILHOUETTE PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN
reverse with hand-written inscription in graphite
pencil, watercolor and cut paper on black silk
4 3⁄4 x 3 1⁄8 in.
Provenance
Lewis W. Scranton Antiques, Killingworth, Connecticut
Acquired from above, October 1993
Literature
Peter Goodman, Notebook, no. 958.
Sale room notice
Please note, this silhouette is by New Hampshire-born artist James Hosley Whitcomb (1806-1849).

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Lot Essay

Distinguished by its hollow-cut head and jacket, watercolor embellishments and S-curved lower edge, this portrait bears the hallmarks of silhouettist James Hosley Whitcomb (1806-1849). Born in Hancock, New Hampshire, Whitcomb became deaf after contracting scarlet fever as a young boy and from 1822 to 1827 attended the American Asylum in Hartford, Connecticut. His surviving works include a self-portrait in the New Hampshire Historical Society (acc. no. 1990.059) and a rendition of Andrew Jackson on horseback at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (acc. no. 60.886). For more on Whitcomb, see “Silhouettist Bios,” McClard Segotta Antiques, www.mcclardsegotta.com and Vincent DiCicco, “Silhouette Portraiture in America,” Folk Art, vol. 26, no. 3 (Fall 2001), pp. 43-44).

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