July 12, 2011

July 8: Etienne de Silhouette Born, 1709

Etienne de Silhouette was the Controller-General of France for a brief while. He was so famous for his miserliness that a whole new (cheap) form of portraiture was named after him.

Read article here.

Pictured: Silhouette of Jane Austen, from the second edition of Mansfield Park. The work is believed to be the work of Mrs. Collins.

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