Monday, 23 January 2017

70 : A Bit Of Black And A Lot Of White



This is a Carte de Visite from the Edinburgh studio of J G Tunny. The subject of the portrait is a rather splendid gent with white hair and a matching white beard. One assumes that Victorians such as this were always welcome in the photographic studios of the 1880s - the sparing use of dark colours would have preserved the life of the developing solutions. The reverse of the card suggests that the photograph can be coloured in "oil, water colour or crayon", but there is so little to colour, once again  the task would be both easy and cheap.



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