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Papercut-like images can be found among ancient Greek vase paintings.

A directory of silhouette and paper cutter artists around the world.
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Paper cuttings originated in the 1700ís and is the modern precursor to the photograph.

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[Biography] [Gallery]

Lived: 1789 - 1861
Type: Silhouettes


France

Various Profiles
Various Profiles

Augustin, a Frenchman, served under Napoleon, and was decorated. He married Mademoiselle Vital, and during the political crisis came to England. He cut silhouettes in doubled black paper; he stayed in the large towns in England and elsewhere on the Continent.

He kept his duplicates in books which contained upwards of 100,000 portraits. These included the French Royal Family taken at Holyrood, hundreds of the gentry and nobility of Great Britain, professional men, statesmen, politicians, and almost every man and women of note of his time.

Signature on Back of Silhouette
Signature on Back of Silhouette
Self Portrait
Self Portrait

He wrote a treatise on silhouettes, a demy octavo volume with many illustrations, which is now very rare. When he was about fifty years of age, Edouart went to America, and while their he cut the portraits of presidents, soldiers, sailors, senators, and famous man and women in the States.

In 1849 the ship Oneida, on which the artist returned, was wrecked, and many of his valuable volumes of duplicates were lost, some 9,000 portraits. However fourteen volumes were saved and form a remarkable collection of the celebrities of his day.

Self Portrait
Self Portrait

 

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