(French, active U.K., U.S., 1789-1861)
"Portrait Silhouette of Thomas Greaves Cary, Esq. (1824-1886), His Wife Mary and Children Richard and Emma", Boston, Massachusetts, February 15, 1842
paper cut-outs on card
sitters identified in keyhole cut-outs en recto and en verso.
Glazed in a bird's-eye maple frame.
sight 11" x 13", framed 13-1/2" x 15-1/2"
Provenance: Collection of Mrs. F. Nevill Jackson (1861-1947), London, U.K.; Arthur S. Vernay (1877-1960), New York, New York; Estate of Grace Shorter (1909-1990), South Salem, New York; Peggy McClard American and Folk Art, Houston, Texas; Estate of Dr. Carroll Ball, Jackson, Mississippi.
Literature: Mrs. F. Nevill Jackson, Ancestors in Silhouette Cut by Auguste Edouart. New York: John Lane Co., 1921, p. 197.
Notes: Thomas Greaves Cary (1824-1888) was a prominent member of Boston society. His father, Thomas Sr., was a Massachusetts state senator (1846-1847 and 1852-3), and president of the Boston Athenaeum and the Perkins Institute for the Blind. Cary's son, Richard, served as a captain in the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, Company G, and was killed in the 1862 Battle of Cedar Mountain in Culpeper County, Virginia. The Thomas Greaves Cary Papers and the Richard Cary Letters are conserved at the Massachusetts Historical Society.