This section contains an extensive selection of material about the professional cutters and painters who have made silhouettes over the last 250 years. Using the Search box or Artist Index menu to the left, you can obtain introductory biographies, and detailed entries about the artists - covering their output, the materials and methods they used and where they worked.
Volunteers working on the Profiles project have compiled the introductory biographies offered. Where it is available, the information offered in these is followed by longer entries, written by silhouette experts. We offer two sources of expert commentary, work by Mrs Sue McKechnie (Author of, British Silhouette Artists and their Work 1760-1860) and work by Miss Diana Joll, the Secretary of the Silhouette Collectors Club, this latter material having originally been printed in the SCC newsletters, published 1993 to the present. We are progressively adding additional material to the system, drawn from primary source materials, such as newspaper adverts of the type shown above to the right.
While every effort has been made to ensure that all appropriate information is included in the material offered and that entries use good grammar and accurate spelling, we would appreciate users emailing us with comments relating to errors and omissions in the biographies and expert commentaries, in order that we can correct details as required.