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Date and place of birth:
Date and place of death:
(fl) 1807-1820
Known places of work:
Known techniques:
Painted on glass
Known materials:
Plain or convex glass
Not Recorded


Boasting a one minute sitting for a profile and an hour for a miniature, Parkin was an itinerant painter known to have worked in Colchester and London. Currently, only two silhouettes from this artist have been discovered.

Two trade labels have been found on Parkin’s work. However, they do not make it clear whether they refer to Colchester or London. It has therefore been inferred that he journeyed frequently between the two places. Apart from this detail, nothing is known of Parkin’s life.

Parkin worked from a finger painted background, with the face shown in black hatching. He often used a marble-like effect to show transparency on women’s dresses, which in their detail were fashionable for the time. From trade label detail it is inferred that pieces for rings, brooches and lockets were produced, although works of this nature are still to come to light. There is no suggestion that these pieces were formed on ivory. The last known pieces by Parkin were sold in 1917 from the collection of Francis Wellesley.

Additional research about Parkin:

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

Parkin (McKechnie Section 3)
Parkin (McKechnie Section 7)

Gallery Silhouettes

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