Afternoon Studio Day: Wednesday 28th July 2021


Sittings between noon and 6pm UK time (BST)

One sitting: £45.00
Two or more sittings: £40 each

How many sittings do I need?

International sittings

We welcome visitors from around the world. This studio day will be:

  • Morning in New York
  • Daytime in Paris
  • Evening in Dubai

Please check your local time zone.

Available Sittings

Choose your first sitting, add ticket to basket, then add more sittings as needed. Quantity discounts will be applied at checkout.




I arranged this virtual studio day as a tribute to the English silhouettist Sarah Harrington.

Silhouette cutting takes place online. All my 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. I’ll also send a reminder shortly before the event.

On the day you’ll be asked to log in to the Zoom event two minutes before the time you chose. I’ll cut silhouettes of you and your family and pop them in the post afterwards.

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Who was Sarah Harrington?

Sarah Harrington was a talented English silhouettist from the late-Georgian period. Her work is unusual as it is mostly cut out, in an age when most artists were still painting silhouettes, and also because she was a woman. Very few women were able to make a living as artists in the period, so she can be considered something of a feminist icon!

Silhouette of a girl with detailed cutting in the hair
Hollow-cut silhouette in a hammered, brass frame by Sarah Harrington.

Sarah Harrington’s work is doubly fascination ti me since it is all cut iside out. Instead of cutting black paper, she pierced a hole in a sheet of white paper and cut the silhouette from the inside. This hole was later backed with black paper or some other material to make the silhouette. She is the first artist I’ve ever come across to use this technique.


Studio Day Tributes

This Studio Day is a tribute to Sarah Harrington. As a self-taught artist Charles owes a huge debt to the work of past silhouettists – he has leaned so much from studying their work – so naming studio days after them is his way to pay tribute.

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 this 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.

Date: 28 July 2021

Start time: 12:00 BST

End time: 18:00 BST

Venue: Mays Barn Virtual Studio

Directions: Log in via Zoom link 2 minutes before sitting

Phone: 07803 085637

Email: [email protected]