Scotford went to England around 1912 after touring several countries in Europe. Scotford settled in London for many years, working first from a studio in Regents St, and later from the Crystal Palace. He returned to America before WWII, where he set up the Snip Sketch Studio in Atlantic City, NJ.
Scotford's earlier works started off as very smooth, clean looking Silhouettes, then developed over time to include interior highlighted details called "slash work." The samples shown below demonstrate both styles, as well as a mixture of the two. Rarely seen busts in both cutting styles are also featured in this article.
Scotford cut mostly full length Silhouettes, but a few rare busts can be found every now and then! Overall, since this particular Silhouette Artist cut so many profiles (including layered duplicates), his works are relatively easy to find to add to your collection. Since there are an abundant amount of signed Scotford's, the prices should be in a reasonable range for any collector, and it's normal for many to be sold unframed.
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With the slash work style, the Silhouette Artist first cuts the outline of the body (or bust), then cuts inward to make each detail, cutting out little slivers of paper so as to leave the white interior details.
YES!!! These slash work pieces remain amazingly all in ONE PIECE!!! Before mounting, they are as fine as lace, most delicate, yet entirely connected feats of engineering that need to be managed with great care to get all pasted down properly.
'the Man with the Scissors'
609 Boardwalk Near Rudolph
Atlantic City, N.J.
The bust is guesstimated to have been cut in approximately 1905.
This unique Baron Scotford slash work bust Silhouette was cut at the Snip Sketch Studio, 515 1/2 Boardwalk, in Atlantic City, NJ.
The watermark on the back of the card says, "Use Baron Scotford's Little Cut-Out Silhouettes for Decorations and Lamps. Sold in Art Materials and Stationary Stores Everywhere."
Le Baron cut rhythmically, with great speed, and it looks like he very much enjoyed what he did for a living!https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AtB8A98feig&autoplay=1
These Silhouettes are from the private collection of Kathryn Flocken except for the full length man on the red backing, which is in the collection of Mr. S. Klinger. Please visit www.PaperPortraits.com and send an email to Kathryn if you would like to borrow any of these photos or information for educational purposes.
A few outstanding examples found on line, posted for educational purposes only:
As you can see he used various styles of mats over his career.
This very fine Silhouette below was cut by Baron Scotford's wife, Peggy Newall.
Slash style, with inked on embellishments.
Note the male "ghost Silhouette" on the reverse!
From the collection of Heather Johnson-Johnson, she is the owner of the cutting of the ghost figure on the reverse of the Peggy Newall. See below:
It's all in the family, apparently!
This portrait was done by Baron Scotford Jr.!