Silhouette - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Silhouette

Image of Silhouette

Full length study of a man, cut from black card. 10" x 7 ". Framed.

Silhouette

Image of Silhouette

Portrait of a man, ink on paper. Framed. The reverse is inscribed Hastings Nathan Middleton b. 1781, d. 1821.

Silhouette

Portrait of a woman, possibly paper pasted on plaster. Oval 4 " x 4". Framed.

Silhouette

Image of Silhouette

Portrait of a young person, painted on paper, gold detailing. 3 " x 2 ". Framed.

Silhouettes could be cut from black paper and stuck to a background; painted on the inside of a glass plate or painted on paper or other material such as ivory or plaster. Gold or white details were sometimes added and military personnel were often depicted in coloured uniforms. Subjects were mostly portraits or full-length studies, groups were less common. Some silhouettes were finely executed by skilled artists others quickly produced at fairgrounds and the like. They are precursors to photography in satisfying the desire for cheap portraits, later to be fulfilled by the carte de visite. They also anticipated tintype (and similar) images in being produced at fairgrounds and resorts.

Camera Obscura

Camera Lucida

Claude Glass

Artist's Filters

Silhouette

Zograscope

Illusion

Multiple Images

Transformation

Panorama

Shadow Puppets

Lithophane

Multi-Faceted Lens

Kaleidoscope

Peep Egg

Zoetrope

Praxinoscope

Flip Books

Miscellaneous