John Holmes, Alfred, ca. 1823


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.

Please post your comment below to share with others. If you'd like to privately share a comment or correction with MMN staff, please use this form.