Silhouettes with personality

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The Speke Hall on the river Mersey banks close to Liverpool.

The word “silhouette” derives from the name of Étienne de Silhouette, a french finance minister who, in 1759, was forced by France’s credit crisis during the Seven Years’ War to impose severe economic demands upon the french people, particularly the wealthy. Because of de Silhouette’s austere economies, his name became synonymous with anything done or made cheaply and so with these outline portraits. Prior to the advent of photography, silhouette profiles cut from black card were the cheapest way of recording a person’s appearance” (copied from Wikipedia)

Weekly photo challenge “Silhouettes

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  1. I like this silhouette! Thanks for sharing informations about the word, I’m always interested in the etymology. 🙂

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