John Holmes, Alfred, ca. 1823

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


William King created this silhouette of John Holmes (1773-1843), a noted lawyer and U.S. Senator. Holmes was active from 1815-1820 in efforts to separate Maine from Massachusetts.

Cut silk tracings of a person's silhouette were a way to remember loved ones, since the technology to create photographs was not available until the 1840s.

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About This Item

  • Title: John Holmes, Alfred, ca. 1823
  • Creator: King, William
  • Creation Date: circa 1823
  • Subject Date: circa 1823
  • Town: Alfred
  • County: York
  • State: ME
  • Media: Cut paper and silk
  • Dimensions: 12.3 cm x 9.1 cm
  • Local Code: 157*
  • Object Type: Image

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230

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