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Your Cut of History: Custom Silhouettes

November 26 @ 11:00 am - 3:30 pm


For the first annual Museum Store Sunday, the Newport Historical’s Society Museum of Newport History and Shop will host Deborah O’Connor as she creates custom cut silhouettes.

This event is inspired by the antique silhouettes in our collection, including the ca. 1833 silhouette of Sarah Newcomb, which is currently on display in the Museum. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, it was popular for those who could afford to commission a portrait to do so, however, silhouettes appealed to those who wanted to capture their image of that of a loved one, yet could not pay the premium of a portrait artist. Silhouettes also appealed to Quakers due to the more simple and egalitarian nature of the art.

Each paper silhouette is cut entirely freehand by eye, not drawn or traced. All ages are welcome and the sitting time required is just five minutes. The silhouettes will be mounted on white or ivory card stock, individually or in groupings. Up to two extra copies can be cut along with the original, which will be available at half-price and make great gifts. Traditional oval frames and mattes will also be available to purchase.

We look forward to the first annual Musuem Store Sunday and the opportunity to offer these future heirlooms as unique gifts for your loved ones.


Newport Historical Society


Brick Market Museum & Shop
82 Touro St.
Newport, RI 02840 United States
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