Created by
Unidentified
Subject of
Flora, ca. 1777 - 1815
Date
ca. 1796
Medium
wove paper on millboard
Dimensions
H x W (sheet): 14 × 13 in. (35.6 × 33 cm)
H x W x D (frame): 23 3/4 × 31 3/4 × 1 15/16 in. (60.3 × 80.6 × 4.9 cm)
Description
A framed, hand-cut silhouette of Flora (ca. 1777 - 1815), an enslaved woman in Connecticut. The silhouette was traced at life-size directly from her cast shadow and cut from cream-colored wove paper that has been adhered to thin brown paperboard, likely millboard. It depicts Flora in profile, facing right, with a distinct outline of her hair rendered in spiky tufts, as well as her brow, eyelashes, nose, lips, chin, and neck. At both the top right and bottom right corners, handwritten in brown ink, are the inscriptions "Floras profile." At very bottom right, written in a different hand in brown ink is "Flora / Benjamin." The paper has multiple areas of discoloration and loss, giving the portrait a mottled appearance, and there are several visible crease lines throughout the paperboard.
Place collected
Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Visual Arts
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Type
silhouettes
portraits
Topic
Art
Domestic slave trade
Identity
Slavery
U.S. History, 1783-1815
Women
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and National Portrait Gallery, Museum purchase through the American Women’s History Initiative Acquisitions Pool, administered by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative
Object number
2021.48.1
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd536ea7000-ad49-4fbd-bd46-9ba327404fe9

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