Notes from the past…

The Bache Silhouette Book

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The National Portrait Gallery blog has a very interesting post about the Bache Silhouette Book:

In the 1920s, Alice Van Leer Carrick, the pioneering authority on American silhouettes, came upon an album kept by William Bache (1771–1845) as a record of his work and expressed her delight in “turning the pages of this century-old treasure-trove of nearly two thousand shadow portraits.”

There she found images of Chancellor George Wythe, President Thomas Jefferson, and Secretary of State Edmund Randolph, as well as “hundreds of other profiles of everyday people, less well-known, but equally well cut; all of them vivid and interesting.”

Is a profile of your ancestor in this book?

By the way, the National Portrait Gallery’ blog makes for a fascinating read! It is full of tidbits of our American history and heritage!

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