Before coloured photographs became accessible to all images were often colourised to make them more vibrant. It was a popular technique in the Edwardian period in both private images and commercial images as below.
Photographs were colored in one of two ways: hand tinting or hand coloring refers to a lightly painted image that is still distinguishable as a photograph; over-painting refers to an image that has been heavily painted and whose photographic origins may have been completely obscured (Hendricks, 1991; Henisch, 1996; Rinhart, 1999). Over-painted images mainly served as modern portraiture or as a way for an artist to pawn off an image as a freehand work of art, and often involved altering undesirable aspects of the original photograph. The cost of a painted photograph depended greatly on the amount of paint applied to the print (Burns, 1995).
A view off O’Connell Street with Cannock’s Clock in the background.
Though occasionally as with Mount Saint Alphonsus in this picture of Quin Street the paint took some artistic liberties.