Silhouette

Profile or shadow portrait filled in with black or a dark colour. A common pictorial technique in Europe in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, it was named after Etienne de Silhouette (1709–1767), a French finance minister who made paper cut-outs as a hobby.

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George Onslow, 1st Earl of Onslow, by John Field, circa 1800-1810 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

George Onslow, 1st Earl of Onslow
by John Field
circa 1800-1810
NPG 5212

John Mayo, by John Miers, 1818 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

John Mayo
by John Miers
1818
NPG 4878

Henry Philip Hope, by Augustin Edouart, 1829 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Henry Philip Hope
by Augustin Edouart
1829
NPG D440

John Mackenzie; Sir George Mackenzie, by Unknown artist, 1830 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

John Mackenzie; Sir George Mackenzie
by Unknown artist
1830
NPG D451

Edward Lear, by Unknown artist, circa 1830s - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Edward Lear
by Unknown artist
circa 1830s
NPG 1759

Henry du Pré Labouchere, by Sir Francis Carruthers Gould (

Henry du Pré Labouchere
by Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.')
circa 1900s-1912
NPG 2867

Jean Forbes-Robertson as Peter Pan in

Jean Forbes-Robertson as Peter Pan in 'Peter Pan'
by Hubert Leslie
circa 1930?
NPG D505

Aneurin Bevan, by Harry Lawrence Oakley, mid 20th century - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Aneurin Bevan
by Harry Lawrence Oakley
mid 20th century
NPG D20558

Peggy Hickman, by Hubert Leslie, 1968 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Peggy Hickman
by Hubert Leslie
1968
NPG D497

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