Silhouette Cutting: Tuesday 29th December 2020


“My C.L. Barber Virtual Studio Day took place on Tuesday 29th December 2020″
Sittings between 3pm and 9pm UK time (GMT)

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We arranged this virtual studio day as a tribute to the speed-cutting silhouettist C.L. Barber.

Silhouette cutting takes place online, so no need to worry about masks or social distancing! All our studio days consist of a series of 10-minute portrait sittings, which take place over Zoom.

After booking your sitting(s) you’ll receive an email ticket containing a Zoom link and further information.

On the day you’ll be asked to log in to the Zoom event shortly before the time you chose from the list above. Charles will cut silhouettes of you and your family and pop them in the post afterwards.

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What was C.L. Barber?

Describing himself as a “Schiero Chiratomist” Charles Louis Barber cut freehand silhouettes in England during the 1820s and early 30s. I don’t know much about him except a claim that he could cut a silhouette in just 10 seconds (a feat I cannot match) and that he spent some time in a debtors prison in 1834

Unknown woman by C.L. Barber, c.1820, from the artist’s duplicate albums

The one silhouette I’ve seen looks rather good. It’s a single-line scissor cutting, indicating that it was cut fast. If cut freehand (which I assume it was) it was years ahead of its time. 

Studio Day Tributes

We named this Studio Day as a tribute to C.L. Barber. As a self-taught artist Charles owes a huge debt to the work of past silhouettists, so naming studio days like this is a good way to pay tribute to them.
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Charles normally cuts silhouette in his own style (there are many examples all over this website). However, if you’d like your portraits cut in the manner of any tributed artist please do ask. Such challenges are always welcome!


Additional information

Sitting times

In multiples of 10 minutes


Silhouettes delivered worldwide after the event


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Event Details

Ten-minute private portrait sittings with silhouettist Charles Burns.

Start date: 29 December 2020

End date: 29 December 2020

Start time: 15:00 GMT

End time: 21:00 GMT

Venue: Mays Barn Virtual Studio

Directions: Log in via Zoom link 2 minutes before sitting

Phone: 07803 085637

Email: [email protected]