Allport, William

Date and place of birth:
Date and place of death:
(fl) c 1830 - 1832
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Known techniques:
Painted on card and paper
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Although little is known about Allport, his work is well-represented in contemporary collections. For some time his work was confused with that of William Bullock, and artist who Allport rented from in London.

No biographical details about Allport are known. His work is found in papier-mache frames, though no trade labels have been recorded. Most of his sitters appear to have been men and he favoured painting against a background of olive green. As coloured paper was not available at this time, he probably painted this background himself. Against this background he painted in a grey, adding detail in Chinese white and gold. One extant silhouette however, is painted only in white on olive-green. A further feature of his work was to finish his portraits with one to three lines beneath the bust-line, thus giving his work a neat ‘finished’ look.

Additional research about William Allport:

Source: McKechnie (Author of, British Silhouette Artists and their Work 1760-1860)

Allport, William (McKechnie Section 2)

Source: Joll (Hon. Secretary of the Silhouette Collectors Club and Editor of the Club's newsletter)

Allport, William (SCC Newsletter April 2011)

Gallery Silhouettes

Front of silhouette, in frame, with man looking right, wearing a stock.Front of Silhouette, in frame, with woman looking leftFront of silhouette, in frame, with man looking left, wearing a stock.