Silhouette Cutting on Monday 14th September


“My W. Aldous Tribute Studio Day took place on Monday 14th September 2020″
Sittings between 6am and noon UK time (BST)

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We arranged this virtual studio day as a tribute to the English silhouettist W.Aldous.

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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Who was W. Aldous?

We know very little about W. Aldous. Of course, this is not unusual for silhouettists, they often seem to disappear into a shadow of their own making. What is less usual is that he’s only known to have ever made one silhouette!

Silhouette of a portly, balding gentleman with a royal emblem on his jacket
Prince Frederick, Duke of York, by W. Aldous, c.1824

W. Aldous (it’s not even known what the ‘W’ stood for) was primarily a painter of portraits, a miniaturist and an engraver. His sole silhouette was a portrait of Prince Frederick, the Duke of York, which the artist made into a print and circulated after the Duke’s death in 1827.

For a man who only ever made one silhouette he certainly knew how to market it!

Aldous exhibited some portraits at the Royal Academy between 1824 and 1827, although none survive.

Prince Frederick’s silhouette appears to be painted, with a white collar and otters details added afterwards in white paint. It looks like the work of a professional silhouettist with a defined style and some experience.

However, no other evidence of his career as a silhouettist has ever been found.

Studio Day Tributes

We named this Studio Day as a tribute to W. Aldous. 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 would 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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