Aunt Mercy: Silhouette
Black ink on board
cardboard: 4 1/4 x 2 3/4 in. ( 10.8 x 7 cm )
image height: 2 1/2 in. ( 6.4 cm )
Silhouette: Bust of female subject in right-facing profile; stamped/;printed (?) in black ink on rectangular piece of cardboard.
inscription: on back: "Silhouette of / "Aunt Mercy" / the aunt of the / late Miss / Elizabeth Hume / of Haverhill, Mass. / (friend of J. G. Whittier). / She was pupil of / MacDowell the / pianist + composer / + (though blind + / very old) played / the piano beautifully. / She gave this silhouette to Mrs. / R.W.G. Vail Oct. 4, / 1933."
Verso inscribed in black ink : "Silhouette of 'Aunt Mercy' the aunt of Miss. Elizabeth Hume pf Haverhill, Mass. (friend of J.G. Whittier). She was pupil of MacDowell...She gave this silhouette to Mrs. R.W.G. Vail Oct.4, 1933."
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