We arranged this virtual studio day as a tribute to the mysterious silhouettist Mary Barrett.
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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What was Mary Barrett?
Mrs Barrett might have been called Mary, but then again she might not. There is some confusion on this point!
What is clear is she worked in the south of England during the early nineteenth century painting profiles on glass, She painted some distinguished sitters, including Prime Minister William Pitt . She’s one of a number of female artists making a living as silhouettists in the patriarchal world of Regency England.
Studio Day Tributes
We named this Studio Day as a tribute to Mary Barrett. 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!