We arranged this virtual studio day as a tribute to the nineteenth-century, London-based Adelaide Gallery.
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 the Adelaide Gallery?
Sadly, only one signed Adelaide Gallery silhouette has ever been found. It’s a professional paper-cut silhouette with fine bronzing. This indicates that it was made by an artist with many years experience. It’s hard to say why no more silhouettes have ever come to light. Perhaps the most likely explanation is that the Gallery did not encourage in-house artists to sign their work.
The Gallery was based in Adelaide Street, London, north of Strand. The silhouette in question is dated 1841 and is the work of an A. Darbyshire. Research has pointed to another silhouettist called Barber working there at roughly the same time.
How long was the silhouette studio there in business,? It’s hard to tell.
How many silhouettes did it produce? Nobody really knows.
Today the Gallery is more known for its pioneering work in early photography. For this reason, it’s regarded as an important part of the early to mid nineteenth century artistic world. The fact that there was ever a silhouette studio there is a footnote in the story.
Studio Day Tributes
We named this Studio Day as a tribute to the Adelaide Gallery. 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!