|Description: A female silhouette portrait identified as "Miss G. Tollet" and dated "Dec. 30, 1832". The silhouette is painted or drawn on a beige rectangular card.|
This silhouette is from the Niagara area and is of Miss G. Tollet.
Silhouette cutting originated in Europe in the early 1700's and was especially popular in pre-revolutionary France, where members of the royal court where often the subject of the silhouette artists. The name comes from the Finance Minister of France, Etienne de Silhouette, whose policies in the 1760's were unpopular, leading French peasants to dress only in black and declare themselves "Silhouettes!" too poor to wear colour. He himself cut profiles as a hobby.
Silhouettes were most popular in the 1800s and were very popular in North America.