May 07, 2020 - Sale 2534

Sale 2534 - Lot 93

Price Realized: $ 1,170
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
(ART.) Perry, E.J.; artist. Pair of silhouettes by a well-known boardwalk artist. Each a silhouette in paper laid down on Perry's printed 8 1/2 x 3 1/2-inch mount; minor wear to mounts, horizontal fold through the woman's portrait. Coney Island, NY, 1921

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E.J. Perry was an African-American artist who made his living for decades by cutting silhouette portraits for tourists. His primary place of business was on the boardwalk at Luna Park, Coney Island in Brooklyn, NY, but he also travelled widely to fairs and other events across the country. During the winter months, he also worked as a caterer. See Eric K. Washington, "E.J. Perry, African-American Silhouette Cutter of America's Leisure Circuit," at