Auction 357 Old & Rare Books - Various subjects

ARTIST'S MANUALS -- (PAAPE, G.). Beknopt en duidelijk onderwijs in het silhouëtteeren. Dordr., De Leeuw & Krap, (n.d. = 1792). 52 pp. W. engr. example of a silhouette on the ti-p. Sm-8°. No bind.

The word 'silhouette' derives from the name of Etienne de Silhouette, a French finance minister who, in 1759, was forced by France's credit crisis during the Seven Years War to impose severe economic demands upon the French people, particularly the wealthy. Because of de Silhouette's austere economies, his name became eponymous with anything done or made cheaply and so with these outline portraits. Prior to the advent of photography, silhouette profiles cut from black card were the cheapest way of recording a person's appearance. - Rare.

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