Augustin Edouart(1789-1861), Artist
Artist associated with 28 portraits
One of the most famous silhouette artists of the nineteenth century. Born in Dunkerque, he left France in 1814, and established himself in London, where he began his career making portraits from hair. In 1825, he began work as a silhouette portraitist, taking full-length likenesses in profile by cutting out black paper with scissors. Edouart spent fifteen years touring England and in 1829 arrived in Edinburgh. He remained there for three years, during which time he produced some five thousand likenesses. His sitters included the exiled French royal family of Charles X, and many leading figures of Scottish society, including writer Sir Walter Scott and artist William Dyce.