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Re: Is it possible to date this picture please of Annie Forest
« Reply #18 on: Wednesday 22 December 21 15:47 GMT (UK) »
Just had a message back and it reads:-

Thank you for your message.  It would be great if someone could put a date to the portraits.

The portraits were watercolour, or maybe another water based pigment.  Definitely not oils.
I am certain that the pictures were in their original frames and mountings and that they had not been removed from the frames since they were originally produced.
The backing paper covering the reverse of the pictures was slightly torn but there were no signs that it had ever been replaced.
I never took the pictures out of the frames, so do not know if they were on art board or paper.
I commissioned the photographer who photographed the pictures through the glass on a digital camera.
Because the pictures were photographed digitally,  the photographer was able to remove the majority of the “foxing” and generally clean up the image before final printing.
It might be possible for a fashion specialist at one of the Museums to put a date on the portraits.

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Re: Is it possible to date this picture please of Annie Forest
« Reply #19 on: Wednesday 22 December 21 16:38 GMT (UK) »
It sounds to me as if it may well be  a painting from an original photo or partially imagined. 

I used to draw and paint images from photos of my family.   Also, the clothing could be imagined or taken from other images.  It might well have been done very much later than the  possible original photo. It might not be either of the two ladies that you mention. The only way of telling is to find actual photos of them to compare their likeness.

I can see  elements of 1840s and 1850s in there. Carol and I first dated it as 1850s-60s. I think that that's the best estimate.

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Re: Is it possible to date this picture please of Annie Forest
« Reply #20 on: Thursday 23 December 21 09:02 GMT (UK) »
Thank you ladies for your help.
The pictures have just come to light as my relative clears the house of his step-mother.
I will ask him to look for any photographs that might help.
Best wishes for Christmas and a big thankyou.