Silhouette of Young Boy by Baron Scotford Signed and Dated
This full-length cut paper silhouette was created by American silhouette artist Le Baron Henri Scotford. Scotford was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1884 and after touring Europe settled in London, where he worked until he returned to America prior to World War II, setting up his "Snip Sketch Studio" in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Scotford cut his silhouettes entirely by hand without drawing them first and without the aid of any equipment other than his scissors. This black paper portrait depicts a young man dressed in the height of 1920's fashion, with his belted Norfolk jacket over a white shirt and tie topping his knicker pants, with tall socks and high-topped shoes. It's hand signed and dated in black on the lower right "Scotford 1925". His works were not always dated, so it's a nice feature.
The artwork is set in a narrow black wood frame, under glass, that's backed with patterned black silk faille and topped with a brass hanging ring. The framed measurements are 11 inches by 5 inches. It weighs 11 ounces and is in superb condition, with a few tiny dents in the wood of the frame the only wear we could find.
An example of Scotford's silhouette artistry is in the permanent collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, titled "Portrait Of A Man," done in 1938. His top quality silhouettes will continue to increase in value while they decorate our homes.