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John Brown Copp Silhouette

John Brown Copp Silhouette

This is a framed cutout silhouette portrait of John Brown Copp (b. 1779) done during the early 19th century. Silhouette portraits became popular during the late 18th and early 19th century due to their affordability compared to the time and expense of an oil painted portrait. The silhouette’s hair has been embellished with pen, noticeable when compared to other versions of the silhouette seen in DL*006558.01 and DL*006558.02.
The Copp Collection contains a variety of household objects that the Copp family of Connecticut used from around 1700 until the mid-1800s. Part of the Puritan Great Migration from England to Boston, the family eventually made their home in New London County, Connecticut, where their textiles, clothes, utensils, ceramics, books, bibles, and letters provide a vivid picture of daily life. More of the collection from the Division of Home and Community Life can be viewed by searching accession number 28810.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
paper (overall material)
wood (frame material)
overall: 3/4 in x 4 in x 4 7/8 in; 1.905 cm x 10.16 cm x 12.3825 cm
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catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of John Brenton Copp
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Copp Collection
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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