The First Colour Photographs of England

Bridge and Promenade, Bedford

With my penchant for history and especially photographs of history, these photographs gripped my imagination. The technique used was rudimentary as it involved manually adding colour to black and white negatives. Foremost amongst the question that I would like to ask, is how long it took to colourise one B&W photo.

Main picture: Bridge and Promenade, Bedford

According to Telegraph Travel:

The following images show English cities, towns and attractions during the 1890s – and in colour. They were created using the Photochrom technique pioneered by Photoglob Zürich AG, which sees colour manually added to black-and-white negatives. The Swiss firm licensed the process to other companies such as the Detroit Photographic Company in the US and the Photochrom Company of London. The following images are among the most striking produced during the period…

Brighton

Brighton

Brixham, Devon

Brixham, Devon

High Street, Exeter, Devon

High Street, Exeter, Devon

Honister Pass, The Lake District

Honister Pass, The Lake District

Kitchen Bridge, St. John's College, Cambridge

Kitchen Bridge, St. John’s College, Cambridge

Market hall in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire

Market hall in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire

Messrs. Burroughs, Wellcome & Co.'s factory, Dartford

Messrs. Burroughs, Wellcome & Co.’s factory, Dartford

New Road, Boscastle, Cornwall

New Road, Boscastle, Cornwall

Old post office, Lee, Devon

Old post office, Lee, Devon

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Robin Hood's Bay, Whitby, Yorkshire

Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby, Yorkshire

Royal Military College cricket grounds, Sandhurst, Camberley, Surrey

Royal Military College cricket grounds, Sandhurst, Camberley, Surrey

Saint Michael's Mount, Cornwall

Saint Michael’s Mount, Cornwall

Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury

Southwold, Suffolk

Southwold, Suffolk

St Augustine's Parade, Bristol

St Augustine’s Parade, Bristol

The Bayle Gate, Bridlington, Yorkshire

The Bayle Gate, Bridlington, Yorkshire

The Cross and Rows, Chester, Cheshire

The Cross and Rows, Chester, Cheshire

The cross, Lydney, Gloucestershire

The cross, Lydney, Gloucestershire

The Gap, Margate

The Gap, Margate

The Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent

The Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent

The Tower, Newton Abbot, Devon

The Tower, Newton Abbot, Devon

The Winnets, Castleton, Derbyshire

The Winnets, Castleton, Derbyshire

Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire

Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

York Gate, Broadstairs

York Gate, Broadstairs

Source:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/england/articles/the-first-colour-photographs-of-england/


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