Color (hand-tinted) Views, page 1

Color views originated with tinted (hand-colored) cards around 1855. They are probably the most interesting and rewarding to collect as they illustrate vividly English middle and upper class life in the mid-nineteenth century from a much less contrived perspective than the 'formal' portrait photograph. Being expensive (around 20 times the price of a loaf of bread) they were aimed at the middle and upper classes and therefore reflect their life, aspirations, fears and prejudices. Poverty is rarely shown and, when it is, is almost always accompanied by a strong moral reasoning (usually alcohol or gambling), or is set in an historical context (biblical). Many views were direct lifts from paintings of the period. Humor often makes fun of the rustic or the Irish (or both together!). Children are, with a few notable exceptions, shown in idyllic settings whereas the vast majority at this time were living in abject poverty, working in appalling conditions from a very early age and had a life expectancy of under 30 years. They should therefore be considered as aimed for and illustrating a very narrow stratum of society indeed.
Most of the views illustrated here date from between 1855 and 1865. If you want more information on a particular view please email. Many later (curved mount) color views can be found on the pages to which they relate.  No two views are ever exactly the same and we have illustrated some views with no difference except the personal taste of the colorists.

Scans of these do not, sometimes, do justice to the actual view as details tinted on each image are intended to come together when viewed. This saved time when tinting as work did not have to be repeated on each view. It does make some look crude when freeviewing. We are always happy to take back any views that do not come up to expectations.

A few are German, probably pirated, images for the English market designed to undercut on price. Quality is very subjective on color views as some were quite crudely printed to start with. In general views are somewhat better than scans.

Many of the English views are of superb quality and are becoming  the area of greatest increase in value of all stereoviews. When you take into account the fact that many of these were produced before 1860 and that each view was individually and painstakingly tinted by hand using up to 80 colors, it is not surprising that they are rising quickly in price. Some of the people who worked on these views were miniaturist artists who had been left with no work due to the advent of photography. A good area to collect and invest!

Grading is a little more difficult on these as, not only were they photographed, but they were then tinted with watercolor paints which have sometimes flaked in places over the years. Any major flaking will be mentioned but expect the odd slight loss which is normal. I suppose the color on these would restore excellently with skill and the correct tints.

There is some sort of vague order to these pages - for instance we have started with views relating to churches and weddings etc.. Well worth running thru the four pages though.

Size difference is due to scanner settings as are the white or yellow marks in the corners.
 
 

The Wedding Day was the single most important day of a woman's life and, in Victorian times at least, the achievement of the main purpose of her existance. A 'good marriage' could spell the difference between a comfortable existence with servants to do the manual work and a life of pauperism ending in the workhouse. No social security or pensions in those days! There are endless variations on the preparation for the wedding, the actual day, and the aftermath. All these views are different.
 
 

Gebhardt Rottman. 'The Toilet'. Plus verse.
Condition 9.
Order #2101.
Price $22.
 


Untitled.
Condition 7.
Order #2102.
Price $8.
 


James Elliott. Untitled.
Condition 8/9.
Order #2103.
Price $18.
 


James Elliott. Untitled version of 'Bride'. Blindstamp and 'second proof' blindstamp.
Condition 8.
Order #2104.
Price $15.
 


Untitled version of Elliott's 'Bride'.
Condition 7.
Order #2105.
Price $12.
 


Untitled version of Elliott's 'Bride'.
Condition. Excellent view, very slight loss at bottom left corner of right image.
Order #2106.
Price $18.
 


James Elliott 'Bride'. Label, blindstamp and 'second proof' blindstamp.
Condition. Mount slightly chewed at top right and slight scuffing on right image.
Order #2107.
Price $12.
 


'A visit to the bride'.
Condition 7.
Order #2108.
Price $12.
 


Mark Anthony (Marc-Antoine Gaudin). 'Going to be Married'.
Condition. Slight deposit and stain on right image.
Order #2109.
Price $15.
 


James Elliott blindstamp. Unitled version of 'Wedding'. All kneeling.
Condition. Excellent and very clear version.
Order #2110.
Price $22.
 


James Elliott blindstamp. Unitled and slightly different version of 'Wedding'.
Condition. Slight stain on the back.
Order #2111.
Price $18.
 


James Elliott blindstamp 'Wedding'. All kneeling.
Condition 8.
Order #2112.
Price $18.
 


James Elliott blindstamp 'Wedding'. All standing.
Condition. White spot in arch on left image is loss. Otherwise 8/9.
Order #2113.
Price $18.
 


No blindstamp but by Elliott.
Condition 8/9.
Order #2114.
Price $18.
 


James Elliott blindstamp.
Condition 8/9.
Order #2115.
Price $18.
 


'James Elliott' 'Wedding'.
Condition 8.
Order #2116.
Price $18.
 


'J. Elliott' written on the back. Untitled.
Condition 8.
Order #2117.
Price $18.
 


Untitled.
Condition. Slight loss on on pillar on right image.
Order #2118.
Price $15.
 


James Elliott. Untitled. Label, blindstamp and 'second proof' blindstamp.
Condition 7.
Order #2119.
Price $12.
 


Untitled.
Condition. Slight stain on left image.
Order #2120.
Price $15.
 
 


'The Wedding. Copyright'.
Condition 7.
Order #2121.
Price $12.
 


'The Wedding'.
Condition 8.
Order #2122.
Price $18.
 


Pink label 'The Bride'.
Condition 8/9
Order #2123.
Price $18.
 


Untitled.
Condition 8.
Order #2124.
Price $15.
 
 
 


'Broken vows'. J. Elliott blindstamp.
Condition. Small scrape (white line) across the center.
Order #2126.
Price $12.
 


'The wedding'.
Condition 7.
Order #2128.
Price $15.
 


'The wedding'.
Condition 7/8.
Order #2129.
Price $15.
 


'The happiest day of my life'.
Condition 7/8.
Order #2130.
Price $18.
 


Elliott blindstamp. 'The happiest day of my life'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #2131.
Price $18.
 


James Elliott blindstamp. 'The Wedding Breakfast'.
Condition 7/8.
Order #2132.
Price $15.
 
 


James Elliott and Second Proof blindstamps. 'The Wedding Breakfast'. Same characters as previous view but reposed.
Condition 7 (better than scan).
Order #2133.
Price $12.
 


James Elliott blindstamp. 'The Wedding Breakfast'. Same pose as above with different tinting.
Condition. Slight loss at top right of right image (white mark).
Order #2134.
Price $12.
 


James Elliott 'The Wedding Breakfast'. Reposed again.
Condition 9.
Order #2135.
Price $18.
 


James Elliott blindstamp. Reposed again.
Condition 8/9.
Order #2136.
Price $18.
 
 


Arthur Silvester 'The Honeymoon'. Poem by Carrington.
Condition 7.
Order #2137.
Price $15.
 


'Five weeks after marriage - that nasty disgusting pipe'. James Elliott with London Stereoscopic blindstamp.
Condition 9/10.
Order #2138.
Price $22.
 


Untitled baptism scene.
Condition 9.
Order #2139.
Price $22.
 


Untitled baptism scene.
Condition 8.
Order #2140.
Price $18.
 


'The Christening'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #2141.
Price $22.
 


Untitled baptism scene.
Condition 9/10.
Order #2142.
Price $22.
 


Untitled baptism scene.
Condition 8/9.
Order #2143.
Price $18.
 


Untitled baptism scene.
Condition 7/8 (grubby mount).
Order #2144.
Price $15.
 


London Stereoscopic blindstamp. Untitled.
Condition 7 but right bottom edge of left image curled up.
Order #2145.
Price $12.
 


'Reception and Profession of a Sister of Mercy'. Long descriptive text.
Condition 8.
Order #2146.
Price $18.
 


'Reception and Profession of a Sister of Mercy'.  Long descriptive text.
Condition. Mount split thru center.
Order #2147.
Price $8.
 


Untitled confessional scene.
Condition 8.
Order #2148.
Price $15.
 


'Confession as it may be'.
Condition 9.
Order #2149.
Price $22.
 


Untitled, but I have had another version simply titled 'The Nun'.
Condition. Has an early family view glued to the back.
Order #2151.
Price $12.
 


Untitled.
Condition. Not sure how much of this tinting is original - especially the green which runs over the mount.
Order #2152.
Price $12.
 


'Bright eyes disturbs devotion'.
Condition. Some slight losses of tinting.
Order #2153.
Price $15.
 


'Phiz' (Hablot Knight). 'The Mother's Grave'.
Condition. Slight stains, mostly on mount.
Order #2154.
Price $18.
 


'The Little Pilgrim'.
Condition. Slight stain on green tunic on left image.
Order #2155.
Price $18.
 


'Mamma Dear, what do they play the organ so loud for when Church is over - Is it to wake us up?'
Condition. Mount split thru center, not affecting images. White mark on dress on left image.
Order #2156.
Price $12.
 


'Domestic Bliss. "Now, upon my life Angelina, this is too bad - no buttons again!". "Well, my dear, it's of no use fidgetting about it, you must speak to Ann. You can't expect me to do everything".'
Condition 7/8.
Order #2157.
Price $15.
 


'The convenience of married life'.
Condition 7.
Order #2158.
Price $15.
 


'The convenience of married life'.
Condition. Small brown piece of paper stuck to right image.
Order #2159.
Price $12.
 


'A stitch in time saves nine'.
Condition 9 (tiny image faults).
Order #2160.
Price $22.
 


'Winning the gloves'.
Condition 8.
Order #2161.
Price $18.
 


'After a storm cometh a calm'.
Condition. Images 9 but damage to label.
Order #2162.
Price $18.
 


'After a storm cometh a calm'.
Condition 9/10.
Order #2163.
Price $22.
 


'The Irish Jig'.
Condition. Very slight loss and stain.
Order #2164.
Price $18.
 


'Barney's Blarney'.
Condition. I have removed the lump of sweet (toffee for those interested - and very nice it was too) that you can see stuck to the left image. It has left a very slight mark.
Order #2165.
Price $15.
 


'Match Making'. Slightly dopey-looking man paying court to ugly woman while three (?woman's brothers) look on. Much prettier but rejected woman watches sadly in background.
Condition 8.
Order #2166.
Price $18.
 


'Match Making'.
Condition. Slight damage at top of left image.
Order #2167.
Price $12.
 


'Good Night'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #2168.
Price $18.
 


'Gracious! Gracious! Mr Smith, How dare you think of intruding on a lady in such a situation?'.
Condition 8.
Order #2169.
Price $18.
 


'Oyster Day'.
Condition 9.
Order #2170.
Price $18.
 


'Looking down upon his luck'.
Condition 8.
Order #2171.
Price $15.
 


'Family Jars'.
Condition 9.
Order #2172.
Price $22.
 


London Stereoscopic Company blindstamp. 'Married and Happy'.
Condition 7/8.
Order #2173.
Price $18.
 
 


'A present to an old bachelor'.
Condition 8.
Order #2174.
Price $18.
 


'The birth of an heir'. Published by J. Ward, 125 Washington Street, Boston.
Condition 9.
Order #2176.
Price $22.
 
 


'The image of its father'.
Condition 7.
Order #2177.
Price $12.
 


'Our first'.
Condition 8 but trimmed at sides.
Order #2178.
Price $15.
 


'Three o'clock in the morning'. Man trying to feed doll - as are the following views.
Condition 8.
Order #2179.
Price $15.
 


'Three o'clock in the morning'. Different tinting.
Condition 8.
Order #2181.
Price $18.
 


'Three o'clock in the morning' missing its label.
Condition 6.
Order #2182.
Price $5.
 
 


'Three o'clock in the morning' missing its label.
Condition 8.
Order #2184.
Price $18.
 
 


'Dance a baby diddy', with label missing. London Stereoscopic blindstamp.
Condition 7.
Order #2185.
Price $12.
 


Untitled.
Condition. Slight fault on left image.
Order #2186.
Price $8.
 


'The Young Photographer'. Sold by J. Ward & Son, Looking Glasses, Picture Frames, Photographs, Stereoscopes and Views, 125 Washington Street, Boston.
Condition 9.
Order #2187.
Price $25.
 


'A Morning Call'.
Condition 9.
Order #2188.
Price $18.
 


'The Modern Confessional'.
Condition 8.
Order #2190.
Price $18.
 


'Morning Prayers'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #2191.
Price $18.
 


'Feeding the goat'.
Condition 7.
Order #2192.
Price $12.
 
 


Untitled Little Red Riding Hood. Note wolf peering out of window.
Condition 7.
Order #2193.
Price $12.
 


'Little Red Riding Hood'.
Condition. Slight fault on face on left image which views out.
Order #2194.
Price $18.
 


'Little Red Riding Hood'. Plus text.
Condition. Moderate split thru center slightly affecting edges of images.
Order #2195.
Price $10.
 


'Little Red Riding Hood'. Plus text.
Condition 7.
Order #2196.
Price $12.
 


Part remaining of 'Little Red Riding Hood' label.
Condition 6.
Order #2197.
Price $8.
 


'Little Red Riding Hood'.
Condition. Red paint loss on left image.
Order #2198.
Price $12.
 


Rare untitled view.
Condition. Slight crease left image - not viewable.
Order #2199.
Price $35.
 


A faded version but this has the title - 'Melody'.
Condition. Fading.
Order #2200.
Price $8.
 


'Hoop de dooden do'.
Condition 9.
Order #2201.
Price $75.
 


'Hoop de dooden do'. London Stereoscopic blindstamp.
Condition. Some marks.
Order #2202.
Price $22.
 
 


'Little Mischief'. Negretti & Zambra backstamp.
Condition. Split thru center not affecting  images.
Order #2204.
Price $10.
 


'Enfantillages. Le baiser par escalade'.
Condition 8.
Order #2206.
Price $12.
 


'Neglected Genius'.
Condition. A bit smudged on the face on right image. Mount surface loss.
Order #2207.
Price $8.
 


Charles A. Beckford, Salem, Mass. 'Comic Groups'. List of Beckford's views in this series on the back. This is 'A Village Tyrant'. Beckford was a dealer in books, pictures, etc. and was not known to have produced his own views. He was located at 141 Essex Street and 21 Ocean Avenue, Salem.
Condition. Mount split thru center not affecting images.
Order #2208.
Price $10.
 


'The Sick Doll'.
Condition 9.
Order #2209.
Price $22.
 


'Grandfather's Wig'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #2210.
Price $22.
 


'The Young Grocer'.
Condition 8.
Order #2211.
Price $22.
 


'The Attack'.
Condition. Slight rippling on left image.
Order #2212.
Price $18.
 


'The Attack'.
Condition 9.
Order #2213.
Price $22.
 


Untitled.
Condition 9.
Order #2214.
Price $22.
 


Untitled.
Condition 8.
Order #2215.
Price $18.
 


'Gee up! W-h-a-y'.
Condition 9.
Order #2216.
Price $22.
 


'Cock Robin and Jenny Wren'.
Condition 8.
Order #2217.
Price $18.
 


'Cock Robin and Jenny Wren'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #2218.
Price $22.
 


Nice untitled study.
Condition 9.
Order #2219.
Price $22.
 


'The Cup of Tea'.
Condition 9.
Order #2220.
Price $22.
 


Union View Co., Rochester, N.Y. 'Playing With Building Blocks'.
Condition. Light surface scratch on right image.
Order #2221.
Price $15.
 


F.G. Weller, Littleton N.H. 'Washing Day. No 328'.
Condition 8.
Order #2222.
Price $18.
 


F.G. Weller, Littleton N.H. 'Don't like his pants. No 391'.
Condition 8.
Order #2223.
Price $18.
 



 
 

F.G. Weller, Littleton N.H. 'A Dull Scholar. No 382'.
Condition. Slight brown spot on right image.
Order #2224.
Price $18.
 
 

Next a few 'illusion' views which come together with much squinting. Date around 1890/1900 by the look of the dress and probably German.
 


Untitled.
Condition. Slight crease at left.
Order #2225.
Price $18.
 


Untitled.
Condition 8.
Order #2226.
Price $22.
 


Untitled.
Condition. Slight creases at bottom.
Order #2227.
Price $18.
 

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