Matson Smith, M.D. (c. 1754); verso: fragmentary tracing of female silhouette

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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.
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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.
Creative: Tronvig Group