Augustin Amant Constant Fidèle Edouart (French, 1789-1861) A silhouette of Dr Andrew Thomson (1759-1831), full-length, profile to left, wearing trousers, waistcoat and frock coat, his left arm behind his back, his right arm upraised and holding a roll of papers, an panorama of the Edinburgh sky-line visible behind, including the dome of St. George's Church, Charlotte Square and the tower of St. John's Church, Princes Street

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Lot 99
Augustin Amant Constant Fidèle Edouart
(French, 1789-1861)
A silhouette of Dr Andrew Thomson (1759-1831), full-length, profile to left, wearing trousers, waistcoat and frock coat, his left arm behind his back, his right arm upraised and holding a roll of papers, an panorama of the Edinburgh sky-line visible behind, including the dome of St. George's Church, Charlotte Square and the tower of St. John's Church, Princes Street

Sold for £ 600 (US$ 748) inc. premium
Augustin Amant Constant Fidèle Edouart (French, 1789-1861)
A silhouette of Dr Andrew Thomson (1759-1831), full-length, profile to left, wearing trousers, waistcoat and frock coat, his left arm behind his back, his right arm upraised and holding a roll of papers, an panorama of the Edinburgh sky-line visible behind, including the dome of St. George's Church, Charlotte Square and the tower of St. John's Church, Princes Street.
Cut-out on card against a lithograph background, signed on the obverse and indistinctly dated Augt Edouart fecit 18.., maple wood frame.
Rectangular, 270mm (10 5/8in) high

Footnotes

  • Dr Andrew Thomson was the minister at St. George's Church in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, reputedly the most well-attended house of worship in the city during the early part of the 19th century and the cupola of which can be glimpsed in the background of this silhouette. A dedicated philanthrophist, Thomson called from his pulpit for an immediate end to slavery within the British Empire, famously declaring on one occasion: 'Let it not be said that I am indifferent to the consequences of immediate emancipation. I am indeed indifferent to them. I despise them wholly as put into competition with the demands which are made by outraged humanity for justice'. The composer of the tune for the hymn 'Ye gates, lift up your heads', Thomson once harangued a meeting of 2,500 people in Edinburgh's Assembly for over two hours on the evils of slavery. He is buried in the graveyard of St. John's, Princes Street.
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