Photograph Showcase: Hand Painted With Love


Francis Henry Duval

Francis Henry Duval

Lately I’ve been sharing a lot of photos from my Dad’s side of the family.  Today I thought I would bounce back over to my Mom’s side.

This is my Mom’s Grandpa – Francis Henry Duval.  The photo was taken and then hand painted with oil paints by his wife Estelle, my great grandmother.  She was very talented.  I love looking at her work.

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12 thoughts on “Photograph Showcase: Hand Painted With Love

  1. What a lovely portrait!

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  2. Wow, what an amazing job she did of adding color! It looks like a contemporary photograph.

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  3. Wow, this is so cool! Painted by your great-grandma!

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  4. She did a wonderful job. I remember when that was the custom. In fact, my engagement photo was hand-colored (but not by a family member!).

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  5. I have a hand coloured photo of my mum as a child which is rather garish. Your gt grandma has been very subtle in her use of colour and created a beautiful picture.

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  6. Hi Amberly, my folks have a very large portrait that she painted of us three kids, I am probably 4 in it. I wonder how long it took her to paint it? Grandpa looks very serious in this one. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Hi Heather! I have wondered the same. Her details are so meticulous I can’t imagine it was a fast process especially for the large photos. I agree, he does look serious. She must have liked this one though because she colored the whole thing. I hope you are well!


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