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Barber, C. A, Master

Date and place of birth:
Date and place of death:
(fl) 1848 -1851
Known places of work:
Known techniques:
Cut paper
Known materials:
Not Recorded


It is believed that Master Barber started cutting silhouettes at the age of eight, continuing until he was ten in 1851. He cut mainly animals and landscapes, as well as some figures, and despite having a simple style was relatively well-regarded by contemporaries.

Very little biographical detail is known about Master Barber – it was only recently discovered that his initials were ‘C.A.’. His work was exhibited at the Great Exhibition in 1851, along with other famous artists. It is however impossible to know if Master Barber continued to work after the age of ten, as no examples of his work later than 1851 have been found. No trade labels or contemporary frames have been discovered.

Master Barber had quite a simple style. The examples of his work in existence are mostly scenes of animals and figures cut by hand from black paper, mounted onto a white background. As a very young artist this is perhaps to be expected. Lacking evidence of a career in adulthood has meant his work is somewhat overlooked today, despite the obvious contemporary appreciation evident from a place at the Great Exhibition.

Additional research about Master C. A Barber:

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

Barber, C. A, Master (McKechnie Section 1)

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

Barber, C. A, Master (SCC Newsletter December 2001)
Barber, C. A, Master (SCC Newsletter November 1995)

Gallery Silhouettes

Front of silhouette, in frame, with hunting scene.Front of Silhouette, in frame, with man training a horse and dog