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Augustin Edouart's silhouettes

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.

Prints from the National Portrait Gallery collection are available to buy from as little as £15.00. To order, select your image and then on the next page click on the 'Buy a print of this image' link beneath it. You can choose unframed prints, starting from £15.00, and framed prints, starting from £70. Sizes available: A4, A3 and A2 prints on art etch and satin paper and A3 images on A2 canvas. International shipping available. 

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