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Caroline Stebbins (1789-1865) was the daughter of Joseph and Lucy (Frary) Stebbins of Deerfield, Massachusetts. Her silhouette was cut while she was a student at the Deerfield Academy during the years 1804 to 1807. Short of hiring a portrait painter, an expensive enterprise, a likeness of a loved one was impossible to capture in the days before the invention of the camera. A cut paper image, or silhouette, was much less expensive than a painting and was nearly always taken in profile.


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Silhouette of Caroline Stebbins Sheldon (1789-1865)

creator   Unidentified
date   c. 1804
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
height   3.18"
width   3.06"
process/materials   negative cut on paper
item type   Art/Silhouette
accession #   #1918.15.01

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