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Joseph Lea and Sarah Robeson Lea in August 1842, with Their Nine Unmarried Children

Companion to Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2002-6-1

Augustin Amant Constant Fidèle Edouart, French, 1789 - 1861

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America


Cut paper adhered to paper, with graphite, white chalk, pen and brown and black inks, and brown wash

Sheet (sight): 20 x 30 inches (50.8 x 76.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift of Mrs. Samuel R. Shipley III in honor of Harvey S. Shipley Miller, 2002

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A prolific silhouette artist, Augustin Edouart came to Philadelphia in 1843 and made over 350 cuttings of local residents. To make a silhouette, he took a piece of paper, white on one side and black on the other, folded the black side in, sketched his subject's profile in pencil on the white side, and then cut out the shape. He was a master of detail, as evidenced here in his inclusion of the Lea family's toys, flower baskets, and walking sticks.