The silhouette, sometimes referred to as the Poor Man’s Portrait, was a popular form of portraiture in Victorian England. Prior to the introduction of the photograph, painted portraits were reserved for the wealthy, requiring money and hours of sitting.

Silhouettes, however, could be completed in mere minutes by skilled silhouette cutters, who advertised the accuracy and speed with which they could cut a high-quality profile from a sheet of black paper. Amazingly, these artists worked purely by eye.

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