Afternoon Studio Day: Monday 3rd May 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 Liverpudlian artist William Alport.

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 William Alport?

William Alport was a workman-like artist who spent his whole life in Liverpool. He didn’t like to draw attention to himself and so never signed his own name to his work, but instead painted a unique multi-layered bustline to all his silhouettes.

Silhouette of a young man with an elaborate white cravat
Thomas Wilkinson by William Allport, c.1805

He worked in a Liverpool museum, so all his early silhouettes carry a museum label and frame hanger. He painted his silhouettes beautifully and meticulously. 


Studio Day Tributes

This Studio Day is a tribute to William Alport. 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: 3 May 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