Hand-coloured

Coloured dyes, usually applied with a brush, to black-and-white photographs. Colouring a portrait or postcard by hand has been popular since Victorian times. It was common practice to add a touch of gilding on jewellery or a faint flush to the cheeks by hand to daguerreotypes. In a method used in 1842 colours were mixed with alcohol which dried to a transparent tint. Today watercolour, photographic dyes, oil colour, air brushing and bleaching back are techniques which might be used.

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Thomas Augustine Arne, after Francesco Bartolozzi, (circa 1770) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Augustine Arne
after Francesco Bartolozzi
(circa 1770)
NPG 1130

'A meeting of umbrellas'
by James Gillray, published by William Humphrey
published 25 January 1782
NPG D12299

Jane Gibbs (

Jane Gibbs ('Mrs Gibbs the notorious street-walker, and extorter')
by James Gillray
published 23 September 1799
NPG D4967

Bill Richmond (

Bill Richmond ('A striking view of Richmond')
by and published by Robert Dighton
published March 1810
NPG D10726

Isabella Mary Beeton (née Mayson), by Maull & Polyblank, 1857 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Isabella Mary Beeton (née Mayson)
by Maull & Polyblank
1857
NPG P3

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, by Camille Silvy, 3 July 1861 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
by Camille Silvy
3 July 1861
NPG Ax46705

Sir John Fowler, 1st Bt, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall, circa 1865 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir John Fowler, 1st Bt
by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
circa 1865
NPG P326

Isabel (née Arundel), Lady Burton, by Unknown photographer, circa 1869 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Isabel (née Arundel), Lady Burton
by Unknown photographer
circa 1869
NPG x76470

Anna May Wong, by Dorothy Wilding, hand-coloured by  Beatrice Johnson, 1929 - NPG  - © William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

Anna May Wong
by Dorothy Wilding, hand-coloured by Beatrice Johnson
1929
NPG x44636

Queen Elizabeth II, by Dorothy Wilding, hand-coloured by  Beatrice Johnson, 1952 - NPG  - © William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Elizabeth II
by Dorothy Wilding, hand-coloured by Beatrice Johnson
1952
NPG x125105

Claire Bloom, by Dorothy Wilding, 1952 - NPG  - © William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

Claire Bloom
by Dorothy Wilding
1952
NPG x4402

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