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Silhouette circa 1812, most likely commemorating the marriage between Nathan Green (b. 1785) and Orpha Green, nee Hamilton (b. 1790) of Alfred, New York.  Silhouettes are hollow-cut laid on black silk with ink/graphite highlights.  Overlaying paper is decorated on the upper edge with swags and tassels, as well as embellishments around each silhouette. There is also an ink/graphite border around the entire paper. The original frame is outstanding – green background color is decorated with red, yellow, and black swags and colorful splashes of color.  The original backboard provides additional genealogical information indicating that Nathan Green and Orpha Hamilton had a son, Alonzo Green, born July 12, 1814. Alonzo’s son, Harrison Green, whose name is also penciled on the backboard, was born in 1836. Writing on backboard states that Nathan Green is the grandfather of Harrison Green. An acid-free board has been placed between the paper and the backboard. Silhouettes are in excellent condition; minor water damage that does not affect the images. Ex-private collection. Dimensions:  sight 5.75” x 6”; frame 8” x 8.25”.

 
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