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Canberra : Colour My World at National Gallery

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Hand-coloured photographs date back to the mid 1800s when portraits were enhanced with spots of red on the cheeks and lips, or coloured in their entirety as a way of appeasing customers who were used to painted portraits. At that time hand-colouring was a commercial endeavour and purists of both painting and photography looked unfavourably at the practice, which was often carried out by women employed as colourists.

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