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Boy in Dress Cabinet Card with expert artist tinting c. 1885

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Cabinet Card Photographs381 of 395Spanish American War era Navy Bugler Photograph c. 1898Cabinet Card of Amaziah C. Mitchell & Catherine (Alvis) Mitchell
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Posted 7 years ago

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Here is a late 19th century cabinet card that really shows quality artist tinting.

The card depicts a boy wearing a dress, which was typical of the era.

This artist has gone well beyond the typical coloration to eyes and red cheeks. The background is tinted with lighter plants-- maybe a shadow. The green, brown and yellows of the plant are done with different tones to show depth and shadows. The boys dress shows darker tinting in the folds. His face shows blue eyes and dark pupils with a mixture of pink and brown tones to the face. Even his blond hair is tinted.

This cabinet card shows an era where quality tinting was artistry.

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  1. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
    Thanks Mrj303.
  2. solver solver, 7 years ago
    scott, that certainly is a fine example of hand tinting and such an adorable subject matter. You have a great eye!
  3. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
    Thanks solver.
  4. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
    Thanks ThriftStore and McGarrett.
  5. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
    Great photo scott ! Love it
  6. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks manikin and antiques!

  7. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks moonstone!

  8. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks for looking 123


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