The origins of silhouette go back to classical antiquity. It emerged as a popular art form in
William James Hubard was a child prodigy who grew up in
In 1832, it is believed that the famous American painter Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828) persuaded Hubard to begin painting portraits in oil. With the help of another famous Early American Master, Thomas Sully (1783-1872), Hubard set up a painting studio in
A really fascinating silhouette by a French artist at the PMA.
Featured Collection: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston