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Tributes in Paper from the City of Brotherly Love

In the early nineteenth century, a master practitioner of the art of paper cutting in the city of Philadelphia made a technically unparalleled series of cutworks. In each example, the paper was cut such that its overall effect is comparable to the finest lace work. As Pennsylvania scholar Lisa Minardi has keenly observed: “this [intricacy] involves not just cutting out of designs but also slitting of the paper and/or pinpricking to create texture and add to the overall incredibly delicate effect.”