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Photo, Print, Drawing [Silhouettes from the Marian S. Carson collection]

About this Item


  • [Silhouettes from the Marian S. Carson collection]


  • Cut paper silhouette portraits of prominent Philadelphia families and other persons who played a role in the history of the United States in general, and Pennsylvania in particular. Many are members of the Booth, McAllister, and Newell families, also includes prominent figures, such as George Washington, publisher Joseph Dennie, and artist Thomas Eakins. Includes engraved profile portraits of Joseph Dennie by Goodman & Piggot and Edward Johnson Coale by St. Memin. Also, two silhouettes with gold toning or gilt highlights, and a silhouette by Doris Burdick of a clergyman delivering a sermon with a stained glass window in the background that is inscribed in ink "To Mrs. Carson from Glenn Tilley Morse".


  • Burdick, Doris, 1898-1981, artist
  • Hubard, William James, 1807-1862.
  • Peale, Charles Willson, 1741-1827.
  • Saint-Mémin, Charles Balthazar Julien Fevret de, 1770-1852, engraver
  • Sansom, Joseph, 1765 or 1766-1826, artist
  • Goodman & Piggot, engraver
  • Marian S. Carson Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • [1780-1930]


  • -  Booth, James Curtis,--1810-1888
  • -  Clay, Slator,--1754-1821
  • -  Coale, Edward Johnson,--1776-1832
  • -  Dennie, Joseph,--1768-1812
  • -  Eakins, Thomas,--1844-1916
  • -  M'Intosh, Duncan,--1770-1820
  • -  McAllister, John,--1786-1877
  • -  Stuart, Gilbert,--1755-1828
  • -  Washington, George,--1732-1799
  • -  Wetherill, Samuel,--1764-1829
  • -  Peale Museum


  • Cut-paper works--1780-1930.
  • Drawings--1780-1810.
  • Mezzotints--1800-1810.
  • Portraits--1780-1930.
  • Silhouettes--1780-1930.
  • Stipple engravings--1780-1810.


  • Portraits--1780-1930
  • Cut-paper works--1780-1930
  • Silhouettes--1780-1930
  • Drawings--1780-1810
  • Stipple engravings--1780-1810
  • Mezzotints--1800-1810


  • -  Arrangement: Organized into groups by family name, then individuals and anonymous; Arrangement: Arranged by sitter.
  • -  LOT title devised by Library staff.
  • -  Many are inscribed in ink and/or pencil with the sitter's name and occasionally a date.
  • -  Several of the silhouettes have a blind stamp at bottom that states "Peale Museum" or "Museum".
  • -  Includes pages from two publications; a memoir of Duncan McIntosh with portrait published in "The Port Folio, new series, by Oliver Oldschool, Esq. Vol. 1, no. 4 1809 April", pp. 284-292, and "Joseph Sansom, Philadelphia Silhouettist" in "The Pennsylvania Magazine f History and Biography", pp. 399-438, that includes a brief account of Sansom and his work, as well as a checklist of his silhouettes.
  • -  Among the sitters identified are: Ann Booth, Anna Bolton Booth, James Curtis Booth, William Gibson, Myra [or Mira] Newell, Robert Newell, Ann Bolton, Curtis Bolton of Savannah, John Bolton, John McAllister, Frances McAllister ca. 1806, Catharine Dewitt, James Johnson, Hannah Sansom, William Lewis, Timothy Pickering, John F. Mifflin Esq., Miss Lydia Coates, E.J. Coale by St. Memin, Samuel Wetherill, Woodrow Wilson, J.F. Sachse, John R. Smith, Mr. C. Nicholas, Gilbert Stuart, Rev. Slator Clay, and Mr. A.H. Everett.
  • -  (DLC/PP-1998:151.27,.28,.29)
  • -  Forms part of: Marian S. Carson collection at the Library of Congress.


  • 114 pictures : hollow-cut and black paper silhouettes, some mounted on black paper or fabric ; sheet 30.7 x 22.1 cm or smaller + supplemental items (1 index card, 1 envelope with business card and black paper and fabric samples, 1 printed sheet with silhouette of Charles Willson Peale)
  • 2 prints : intaglio ; sheet 16.1 x 11 cm or smaller.
  • 2 drawings : ink and watercolor ; sheet 11.4 x 8.3 cm or smaller.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • LOT 14101 (H) [P&P]

Source Collection

  • Carson, Marian S. Visual materials from the Marian S. Carson collection


Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2015651624

Rights Advisory

  • No known restrictions on publication.

Online Format

  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Burdick, Doris, Artist, William James Hubard, Charles Willson Peale, Charles Balthazar Julien Fevret De Saint-Mémin, Joseph Sansom, Engraver Goodman & Piggot, and Marian S. Carson Collection. Silhouettes from the Marian S. Carson collection. , 1780. [to 1930] Photograph.

APA citation style:

Burdick, D., Hubard, W. J., Peale, C. W., Saint-Mémin, C. B. J. F. D., Sansom, J., Goodman & Piggot, E. & Marian S. Carson Collection. (1780) Silhouettes from the Marian S. Carson collection. , 1780. [to 1930] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Burdick, Doris, Artist, et al. Silhouettes from the Marian S. Carson collection. [to 1930] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.