Silhouette Cutting: Wednesday 30th September


“My Hans Allmayer Tribute Studio Day will take place on Wednesday 30th September 2020″
Sittings between 9am and 3pm UK time (BST)

You can book a short, private Zoom session in the studio of the well-known silhouettist Charles Burns.

International sitting times

We welcome virtual visitors from all over the world. This studio day will take place during the day in Paris, the afternoon in Dubai and the evening in Tokyo.

If you live in these or similar time zones this event is for you!

Available Studio Day Sittings

Choose your first sitting, add ticket to basket, then add more sittings as needed before checking out.

How many sittings do I need?



We arranged this virtual studio day as a tribute to the German silhouettist Hans Allmayer.

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 Hans Allmayer?

Hans Allmayer was a German silhouettist who worked during the early twentieth Century. He is best known for making silhouettes of classical German composers. These were then produced as a successful series of printed postcards in the 1920s.

Silhouette of Mendelssohn by Hans Allmayer
Silhouette of Mendelssohn signed “H.Allmayer”

The illustrated silhouette is a hand-cut portrait, although presumably not cut from life. I don’t know if Hans Allmayer ever cut live silhouettes of real people. If he did, I’ve not seen one. He seems to have focussed his portraits on these composers, whom he presumably cut from portraits painted during their lifetime.

His daughter Josefine carried on the family tradition, becoming an accomplished paper-cutting artist. The Kierling Museum in Germany has a collection of both their work, which is presumably where they lived.

Studio Day Tributes

We named this Studio Day as a tribute to Hans Allmayer. 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!


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.

Start date: 30 September 2020

End date: 30 September 2020

Start time: 09:00 BST

End time: 15:00 BST

Venue: Mays Barn Virtual Studio

Directions: Log in via Zoom link 2 minutes before sitting

Phone: 07803 085637

Email: [email protected]