A large, 15 x 12 inch portrait photograph with contemporary color of either crayons or pastels, with added charcoal, c.1900. The photograph was mounted to a cardboard backing when made; the backing board is acid and shows the ghost of a transfer which reads (in reverse) in pencil, 3rd (and) Williams. Aside from a few very minor scratches that do not penetrate the surface, and a small dampstain to one tip, this is a very fine example. Item #52389
Since this photograph has been entirely colored with turquoise blue background, brown skin-tones, and charcoal for coat and hat, we surmise by the weight of the base paper that this was initially a bromide print. The hand-colored and painted photograph has been with us since daguerreian times and continues to be made today. The variety of processes and applications is almost as endless as with "straight" black & white photography. See Heinz and Bridget Henisch THE PAINTED PHOTOGRAPH 1839-1914.14222.