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!
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.