Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Silhouette by Martha Anne Honeywell




For a complete paper on the subject of the artists "born without arms," see below.

This silhouette is from the author's collection. The frame is a period, gold colored wood. Here, Martha inscribes her work, "Cut without hands by M. A. Honeywell." Quite often, it is difficult to attribute her work as to the gender. With this silhouette there is no question as Martha inscribes the subject as "James Crilly." From the high-collar of the subject, it is safe to assume that this is an early work by Honeywell.

Honeywell was the only female silhouette artist who worked in the US so she is an important treasure!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

they look easy to make and cut out!

Antique Silhouettes said...

They sure do but,actually, not as easy as one thinks. It is "tough" to cut the image without having "jaggedy" curves while retaining just the correct crudeness that adds to the charm.