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Silhouette, a profile portrait which is filled in in black upon a white ground, derives its name from a M. de Silhouette, who was French Finance Minister in 1759, according to some, because he delighted in making these portraits. Silhouettes can be cut from black paper and pasted on a white ground, or can be traced from shadows on the wall. They may be enlarged or reduced by an instrument called the pantograph.