Matson Smith, M.D. (c. 1754); verso: fragmentary tracing of female silhouette
Hollow-cut beige paper and graphite with black underlay; graphite
image height: 3 in. ( 7.6 cm ) sheet: 4 x 2 3/8 in. ( 10.2 x 6 cm )
inscriptions in pencil: on front: "Dr Matson Smith / My Father aged 78" and "By A Smith" inscription in pencil: on back: "Dr Matson Smith / scissors cut / by his son Albert / 1832"
Inscribed at upper center in graphite: "My father aged 78"; at left vertically: "Dr Matson Smith"; at lower center: "by A. Smith"; verso inscribed at lower center: "Dr Matson Smith / scissor cut / by his son Albert / 1832"
Silhouette: Bust of male subject in right-facing profile; hollow-cut by hand from cream paper , folded around solid black paper backing. white wove paper addition on lower edge, unknown purpose.
The subject lived with his wife (née Sarah Ann Mather) in New Rochelle. The silhouette was cut by his son, who was also a physician.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.