© 2012 Fourtoes Painted

Mrs Cramp, Birmingham – A painted lady.

Okay lets see what you make of this one ‘cos I’ve no idea. Tranfer print maybe?

It measures 13 x 16 inches and is painted and on card/paper.

Any info please let me know.




And on the reverse…





  1. Bruce Schultz
    Posted September 10, 2012 at 2:51 PM | #


    I have also seen these and wondered how they were made. I did a digital remake of a civil war soldier’s portrait last year that was done like this but I had no idea how the original was made.
    I visited with Mark Ostermann at his studio and he explained these pictures were made with a solar enlarger. He has what may be the only functional one in the world. A negative is placed in the negative and the contraption is aimed at the sun, and adjusted every few minutes to keep things aligned. An image that’s barely more than an outline of a subject’s features is burned onto a print, presumably albumen or collodion POP. Then a retoucher sets about to add color and fine details.

  2. Posted September 10, 2012 at 2:54 PM | #

    Hi Bruce,

    Excellent, thanks for the info. I remember seeing some images of Marks solar enlarger on Facebook.

    Hope you are well,

  3. Posted September 10, 2012 at 3:41 PM | #

    I love that there are sections for, “whiskers” and “moustache” in the shooting notes :)

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