Eliza

I have spent some hours this morning colourising an old photo of my great grandmother Eliza. The original image is on a glass slide, known as an ambrotype.

According to a historical photograph expert, an ambrotype was an early photograph created by turning the original glass plate negative into an apparently positive image. Most ambrotypes set in the photographer’s studio, like my example, date from within a short time frame of 1855-62.

Eliza was born in 1849, so this fits in with these dates. The slide is in pretty poor condition, not surprisingly since it is about 150 years old!! I guess she would have had to sit still for some time for the photographer, hence her rather stern look
Great job! Love it
posted February 10th, 2018  
Absolutely brilliant detail on a photograph of that age Sue, fantastic job introduced colour into Eliza's image, has to be an instant fav, it's so well done one for the family to cherish:)
posted February 10th, 2018  
labour of love! and she looks like it was a very serious business for her!
posted February 10th, 2018  
That must have been so hard for such a small child to stay still for any length of time - love the subtle colours
posted February 10th, 2018  
It is beautifully painted by you - I love the expression on her face and what a great photo to have.
posted February 10th, 2018  
Fabulous work Sue. You are so lucky to have this. I read that not only did they have to stay still for the photographer but as they were very expensive, and seen more as a portrait, a smile was frowned upon. It was a very serious business :)
posted February 10th, 2018  
Great job, it looks fabulous.
posted February 11th, 2018  
Great photo. Good work
posted February 11th, 2018  
Just found this - how lovely to have this part of your family come to life. You've done a fabulous job.
posted February 13th, 2018  
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