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Unknown; Profile of Garrick and Hogarth, c.1799; paper; Gift of Julianna F.  Waring, 1977.35

'In the Shadows'

Telfair Museums / September 3 - November 28, 2021 / Savannah, Georgia


In the Shadows explores the art of the silhouette through works in 
Telfair Museums’ permanent collection. Silhouettes, which started 
out as profiles cut from black fabric or paper, were often referred to 
as “profile shades” or “shadows.” Incredibly popular in Europe and 
the United States in the 19th century, profiles were cut by hand or 
through a specialized instrument, the physiognotrace, by artists and 
amateurs alike. Although photography would replace the medium as 
the most practical, instantaneous, and inexpensive mode of capturing 
likenesses, artists have continually returned to and transformed the
silhouette in creative and, at times, subversive ways.

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