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Cost: $300.00

How to Paint Photographs in Water Colors and in Oil

George Ayres


AYRES, George B. How to Paint Photographs in Water Colors and in Oil. Philadelphia: Benerman & Wilson, 1871. Octavo, original green cloth. $300.

Early edition of a popular guide to hand-coloring and retouching photographs.

As early as 1841, the photograph’s status and uniqueness, especially that of the portrait, “were heightened when parts of it were highlighted by hand-coloring” (Frizot, 42). From mid-century on, watercolors, oil paints, crayons and colored powders were regularly used to add realism, enhance details or hide imperfections. American manuals such as this, first published in 1869, provided instructions for hand-coloring prints and retouching negatives. With 12 pages of advertisements at rear.

Slightest rubbing and edge-wear to about-fine book.

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