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Clarissa Harlow Barton 1865 in colour (Clara)

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I found this very high resolution image of Clara Barton and could not resist colouring it. I produced a quick illustration to show the colours I applied and what order. There are 3 shades of green in the dress to give it punch, 3 shades of brown in her hair, the clock also has three shades of gold too.

Clara Barton according to Wikipedia

Clarissa Harlowe “Clara” Barton (December 25, 1821 – April 12, 1912) was a pioneer American teacher, patent clerk, nurse, and humanitarian. At a time when relatively few women worked outside the home, Barton built a career helping others. One of her greatest accomplishments was founding the American Red Cross. This organization helps victims of war and disasters. She was never married, but had a relationship with John J. Elwell.

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Clara Barton 1865 now in colour, old photos coloured bring history to life!

Clara Barton 1865 now in colour, old photos coloured bring history to life!

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Having examined the black and white plate positive, it seems to me that there is no way her dress was black. On the net you see it restored to a very dark tone, but here it features a definite lighter grey, indicating a lighter colour. Green was another option, so that’s the colour i opted for.

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Clara Barton according to Wikipedia

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Clarissa Harlowe “Clara” Barton (December 25, 1821 – April 12, 1912) was a pioneer American teacher, patent clerk, nurse, and humanitarian. At a time when relatively few women worked outside the home, Barton built a career helping others. One of her greatest accomplishments was founding the American Red Cross. This organization helps victims of war and disasters. She was never married, but had a relationship with John J. Elwell.

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Clara Barton 1865 progress of colouring the image

Clara Barton 1865. Left image – just he coloured layers without the image underneath.

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During the making of this image 34 colours were used on separate layers. If  there is anyone who is a historian or knows about period clothing and colours, please get in touch and correct anything you see is wrong.

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Colour Paulette used to make the image

Colour Paulette used to make the image “Clara Barton Coloured” 34 colours in all.

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WW1 a glimpse into the past

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WW1 was a war with many battles over many countries. There are thousands of individual stories to be told. These are just a few images from one mans story.

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Mr Driver served in many campaigns during WW1 and climbed through the Military ranks, we know which campaigns he served in as he inscribed them all on the inside edge of his brass binoculars. The list was impressive to say the least. List follows, Ypes, Cassel, Poperinge, Kemmel Hill, Armentiers, Albert, Bazentin Le Grand, Martinsart, Corbie, Proyaert, Ploesteert Bailleul, Ypres, Fricourt, Mametz Wood, Aveluy Wood, Hamel, Morcourt

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from clockwise:- A Battery 79B DERFA Sub-Atlerns, Lieutenant F Medhurst and Driver in a trench at Martinsat, Baeumont-Hammel, Lewis gun

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Here are four pictures from his travels

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from clockwise:- A Battery 79B DERFA Sub-Atlerns, Lieutenant F Medhurst and Driver in a trench at Martinsat, Baeumont-Hammel, Lewis gun

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Moral was very difficult to keep in the trenches, here is a quote from Demon Rum by Wilfrid Laurier

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“Lieutenant Lunt of the 4th Battalion remembered doling out rum to his boys and wishing them “best of luck” as he moved down the line before the Battle of Amiens on 8 August 1918.Coming across one green lad,he was shocked to find his teeth chattering so loudly that it sounded like he was breaking his jaw. Lunt plied him with four double rum shots before the shaking stopped.When they finally attacked, Lunt remembered seeing the young lad stumbling forward in a drunken daze before he was shot in the face.”

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Below is some gentle reading referencing the places mentioned and another selection of photos.

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Martinsart – (source ww1cemeteries.com) was close to the Allied front line until September 1916, and again from March to August 1918. Martinsart British Cemetery was begun at the end of June 1916, when 14 men of the 13th Royal Irish Rifles, killed by a shell, were buried in what is now Plot I, Row A. It was used as a front-line cemetery until October 1916 and again in September 1918, when bodies were brought in from the battlefields for burial by V Corps. After the Armistice, the cemetery was enlarged when more graves were brought in from the area north, east and south of the village.

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Beaumont-Hamel – (source Wikipedia) During the First World War, Beaumont-Hamel was very close to the front lines of the and saw heavy combat, especially during the Battle of the Somme which was the largest Allied offensive of the entire war. By 1918 the village was almost totally destroyed.

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Old wedding photo restoration in colour

Colouring an old wedding photo

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A few days ago Barrie Warby contacted me with a plea to help him fix up his mothers photo. Unfortunately it was stuck to glass and heavily faded. He posted me his prized photo, carefully wrapped, still in the frame, glass and all! The restoration process began.

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The image was stuck to the glass so i cleaned all the areas of exposed glass and air dusted underneath. After inserting some tiny foam circles onto the corners of the glass to avoid the “moire” effect or glass on glass, i scanned the image in high bit colour and in high-resolution. The image looked like a challenge straight away. The scan revealed heavy staining and detail loss where the dyes were affected by adhesion to the glass. Only one thing to do, convert to black and white and re-colour!

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Old wedding photo restored in colour

Old wedding photo restored in colour

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I set about correcting all tones, stain lines and fades and corrected these by using the patch tool, dodge and burn, clone, and healing brush tools. Once i could see an even image, the contrast needed boosting with “levels” and the image “multiplied” on new layer to give more contrast. This was masked out and selectively painted back in to give the image more punch.

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The whole image was recolored using separate layers, three colours on the brickwork for depth and realism. As always you can read about the colouring process in my colouring tutorials

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Here is the review Barrie gave me when he received the image.

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“The help and information I received was exceptional, the speed of service was excellent, once payment was made it was less than a week until I received my photos and the finished product was amazing, 10 times better than I could have imagined possible and worth every penny. I would recommend to anyone thinking of using this company.” Barrie Warby 01/06/2013

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Thanks Barrie!

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