Before photography, there was the silhouette portrait ...


"Believe it or not, silhouettes played a crucial role in the evolution of portraiture, paving the way for Daguerreotypes and, eventually, photographic portraits.

"When photography arrived on the scene in the early 19th century, the very idea of images with an authentic likeness to the material world was enough to wow audiences. Photos were a new and vivid way to remember loved ones, totally revolutionizing Victorian visual culture. But the portrait has a history that long precedes photography, and it’s one that’s worth investigating."

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