Edouart Scissor Hands

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This is a rare opportunity to enjoy the Holburne’s collection of portraits by the French silhouette-cutter Augustin Edouart (1789-1861). The realism and detail of Edouart’s full-length characters, simply cut out of black paper “by scissors alone”, is remarkable. The exhibition will include some of his finest and most famous silhouettes.

Thanks to the generosity of The Leche Trust and David Pike, the fragile paper cut-outs have now been cleaned, repaired and mounted so that they can be enjoyed by everyone. In most cases, this is the first time they have been exhibited since the Holburne acquired them in 1931

Paper Cutting and Silhouetting Augustin Edouart Style

Jessica Palmer
Saturday 13 September 10am-5pm
Ticket £40/£35 concs Tel 01225 388569

Paper Artist Jessica Palmer will teach you the art of paper cutting and silhouetting – inspired by our exhibition of the work of Augustin Edouart. This is an introduction but will also appeal to those with previous experience who want to develop their skills.

Jessica Palmer makes intricate paper cuts, collages and sculptures from handmade, recycled and vintage papers. She is a visiting artist at galleries and museums in London, Bath and Bristol. Her work is used for design, installation and illustration.www.jessicapalmerart.com

In Black and White: an Eighteenth-Century View of Paper Cutting and Silhouettes
Mike Rendell
Monday 22 September, 3pm
Ticket £5 Tel 01225 388569

Author of The Journal of a Georgian Gentleman Mike Rendell will talk about the development of shadow pictures (‘silhouettes’) and the life and works of Augustin Edouart.
Using delightful and intricate paper cut-outs made by his own family in the 1780s this talk looks at the unusual way in which these family treasures have captured moments from every day life including fashion, farming and travel.


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