Silhouette as art and entertainment: featuring UK artist Charles Burns

Date: 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 5:30pm

Location: 

Houghton Library, Edison and Newman Room

Presented by: Houghton Library and Charles Burns, silhouette artist
Admission: Free and open to the public

Join us for an engaging lecture and live demonstration of a lost art. The art of cutting profile portraits with scissors is a craft with a fascinating past. Charles Burns, aka The Roving Artist, will trace the history of the silhouette through the centuries, drawing on examples from the Houghton Library collections, and share his revival of it as an art and entertainment for the twenty-first century.


As the UK’s busiest silhouette artist, Charles Burns has cut over 150,000 profiles, including portraits of Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, President Clinton, and many more.