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Unknown Man: 3746

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Unknown Man


Silhouettist: Miers, John



Measurements and weight

Height: 47 mm
Width: 39 mm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1922) by Perceval, Spencer George


Production date: circa AD 1782


The techniques used by Miers for this silhouette of shading to a transparent grey round the sitters head and cravat suggests it was painted in Leeds in about 1782.

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Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of plaster

Techniques used in production

Silhouette : Painted in black on composition plaster

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Miers
  • Location: Lower left
  • Method of creation: Grey
  • Type: Signature

Identification numbers

Accession number: 3746
Primary reference Number: 32931
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2022) "Unknown Man" Web page available at: Accessed: 2022-12-07 20:06:12

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