Evening Studio Day: Sunday 15th August 2021

£45.00

Sittings between 3pm and 9pm 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 Los Angeles
  • Afternoon in New York
  • Evening in Paris

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Available Sittings

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

 

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Description

I arranged this virtual studio day as a tribute to the London-based silhouettist Mr Charles

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.

New here? Find out more

What was Mr Charles?

If you were to take a walk down Strand, London in the 1790s you’d be likely to come across a boastful character who called himself “Mr Charles RA”. He claimed to be able to paint a silhouette portrait in “3 minutes, by the watch”. Little is else is known about him, not what the letters “RA” stood for, as he was never a Royal Academician!

Mr Charles silhouette of a lady, facing left in an oval mount
A watercolour silhouette by Mr Charles, her shawl and bonnet painted with his typical gestural flourish

Looking at the tangled sword of lines in one of his watercolours it’s hard to imagine it could really be painted so fast. Yet, as an artist I’m ware it’s rash to make such a claim unless you can live up to it, at least most of the time, so I’m inclined to take him at his word.

But how on earth did he do it?

Studio Day Tributes

This Studio Day is a tribute to Mr Charles. 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

Delivery:

Silhouettes delivered worldwide after the event

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Event Details

Ten-minute private portrait sittings with silhouettist Charles Burns.

Date: 15 August 2021

Start time: 15:00 BST

End time: 21:00 BST

Venue: Mays Barn Virtual Studio

Directions: Log in via Zoom link 2 minutes before sitting

Phone: 07803 085637

Email: [email protected]