Overpainted photograph by Katurah Collings
showing the shadow of the photographic print underneath
Charming photominiature c.1905 by Arthur Hands
Two basically coloured photographs probably of husband and wife
c.1940 signed SM
Two cleverly coloured photographs c.1950 by Alan Shayle
In their day, there was no intention to deceive on the part of those who worked as colourists for photographic studios and on their own account. However, at the height of the revival of the Grand Tour of Europe at the turn of the 20th Century, many prints were hastily overpainted and framed, usually featuring reproductions of Old Masters, and passed off as the real thing to unsuspecting tourists. Some were cheekily signed 'Reinolds' or 'Roi' or even 'Cosway'!
More recently, an overpainted photograph of a miniature of a soldier by Frederick Buck was allegedly sold at a UK auction as a portrait miniature painted on card!