Portable physiognotrace used by Raphaelle Peale

Physiognotrace: wood (mahogany), varnish, glass, ivory, iron/steel, brass, stainless steel, paper, adhesive, ink associated materials: paper, stainless steel, copper, lead, wood, cotton, synthetic brush bristles, leather, plastic glass, gilt, graphite | 32.5 x 38.7cm | early 19th Century

Raphaelle Peale

A physiognotrace allowed artists to trace the outline of a sitter’s head and simultaneously record a small profile on a piece of paper. The silhouette head was then cut from the paper. The style of this portable case suggests a piece of furniture rat...
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