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I found this very high-resolution image of Clara Barton and could not resist colouring it. I produced a quick illustration to show the colours I applied and what order. There are 3 shades of green in the dress to give it punch, 3 shades of brown in her hair, the clock also has three shades of gold too.

Clara Barton according to Wikipedia

Clarissa Harlowe “Clara” Barton (December 25, 1821 – April 12, 1912) was a pioneer American teacher, patent clerk, nurse, and humanitarian. At a time when relatively few women worked outside the home, Barton built a career helping others. One of her greatest accomplishments was founding the American Red Cross. This organization helps victims of war and disasters. She was never married but had a relationship with John J. Elwell.

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Clara Barton 1865 now in colour, old photos coloured bring history to life!

Clara Barton 1865 now in colour, old photos coloured bring history to life!

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Having examined the black and white plate positive, it seems to me that there is no way her dress was black. On the net you see it restored to a very dark tone, but here it features a definite lighter grey, indicating a lighter colour. Green was another option, so that’s the colour I opted for.

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Clara Barton according to Wikipedia

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Clarissa Harlowe “Clara” Barton (December 25, 1821 – April 12, 1912) was a pioneer American teacher, patent clerk, nurse, and humanitarian. At a time when relatively few women worked outside the home, Barton built a career helping others. One of her greatest accomplishments was founding the American Red Cross. This organization helps victims of war and disasters. She was never married but had a relationship with John J. Elwell.

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Clara Barton 1865 progress of colouring the image

Clara Barton 1865. Left image – just he coloured layers without the image underneath.

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During the making of this image 34 colours were used on separate layers. If there is anyone who is a historian or knows about period clothing and colours, please get in touch and correct anything you see is wrong.

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Colour Palette used to make the image

Colour Paulette used to make the image “Clara Barton Coloured” 34 colours in all.

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