Best Answer

Old Crayon Portrait


"Crayon portrait" is an umbrella term for an art approach that encompasses both free hand, and photographic renderings. Photographic crayon portraits, are large format, most around 16 x 20 inches, with a vignetted or sometimes domed oval format to the artwork. They were often originally framed in a large guilded, or ornately decorated frame. They were the commercial portrait offspring of the first attempts at photographic enlarging through the Woodward Solar Enlarging Camera, patented by Woodward in 1857. The weakly printed solar enlargement required the crayon portrait artist's touch up work in order to strengthen the image. The combining of crayon and photograph gave birth to a new commercial portrait aesthetics in both Photography and portraiture that enjoyed great success from roughly 1860 through about 1905, and in some isolated areas until the Great Depresion. These were the first "life-sized" photographic images that were available for portraiture. Artists used bromide, silver, and platinum prints as the photographic base. An out of print book (1882) by J. A. Barhydt describes the process of making the portraits, "Crayon Portraiture: Complete Instructions for Making Crayon Portraits on Crayon Paper and on Platinum, Silver, and Bromide Enlargements." Now and then a copy shows up on eBay for around twenty bucks or so. Unfortunately, the genre is not highly valued as a topic to historians of photography, as evidenced in most texts on the subject.

Concerning the dating of one of the artifacts . . . the enlargements were made from an earlier daguerreotype, ambrotype, tintype or late, any variety of the smaller prints made from glass plates. As a result, dating the image can be tricky and may require research. A daguerreotype made in 1847, for instance, might not have been enlarged until 1867. While clothing styles may have been updated on a few images, this is rare by my experience, and I have examined thousands of crayons as a photographic materials conservator who specializes in them. If there is a question regarding the date of the artifact, seek a conservator's examination--or date the artifact as closely as possible to a decade using circa; c1865, c1875, etc. To assist the dating of artifacts, there are books available showing clothing styles of the 19th century and how fashion changed from decade to decade. Attempt to date both the original and the enlargement if possible.

Concerning "Pasco and Rob't Pelan," These portraits were nearly all mail-ordered in response to ads in local papers or on the backs of cabinet cards. Some were contracted by traveling salesmen, who would take the original and then deliver the portrait back. Check for a historical society in Pasco, Washington to see if they have any information on this family or person. Robert most likely ordered the enlargement, and is quite possibly not the person in the image.

I am currently finishing my thesis work on historical and social implications surrounding the process. The thesis will be available through Boise State University sometime next year, and I hope to follow the thesis with a full book publication, which takes about two years.

Best regards, DiAnne Iverglynne

Great info Diane. I have a 16X20 crayon family portrait of a native family. Ornate frame and wood planks for a back. Letter "P" signed on bottom right. and advice about this.

User Avatar

Wiki User

12y ago
This answer is:
User Avatar

Add your answer:

Earn +20 pts
Q: How do you find information on an old crayon portrait that has a label on the back that reads Pasco and Rob't Pelan?
Write your answer...
Still have questions?
magnify glass
Related questions

When was John Pelan born?

John Pelan was born in 1957.

Gambar reka bentuk pelan bangunan stadthuys?

reka bentuk pelan bangunan Stadthuys

What current event that influenced drake the rapper?

Me la pelan pendejos

Who is Julio Garcia and German Padilla?

Son dos GORDOS que me la pelan. Son unos estupidos!!!

What does gratia pelan dominus tecum benedita tu mean?

That's from the 'Hail Mary' ! "Ave Maria Gratia plena Dominus tecum Benedicta tu in mulearibus et Beneticta fruicti tui Iesus ..." Gratia plena, etc: "The Lord is with Thee, Blessed art Thou ..."

What actors and actresses appeared in Splash Area - 2012?

The cast of Splash Area - 2012 includes: Tobyn Clarke as Cat Kid Tom Dart as Uncle Tom Timothy Fergusson as Mad Clown Vivian Jamison as Wife Leanne Marks as Toni Paul McCarron as Clown 4 Conor Pelan as Jonny Robert Render as Officer Walker

Which is a bigger gang ms 13 or 18 street?

18 street is the biggest gang in the world, and its takin over. 18 street is the biggest gang in the world, and its takin over. Puro sur 13 los nortenos me la pelan southside

What actors and actresses appeared in La sposa - 2004?

The cast of La sposa - 2004 includes: Cassandra Arza Pelan as Giada Christopher Chiarot as Father Neil Melissa Combs as Ava Martha Frazier as Rhonda Jodi Harris as Rosa Alexis Hughes as Contessa Leslie Kyle Hudson as Lisa Jefferson Moore as Uncle Anthony Terry Rutledge as Derrick Rowan Tichenor as Brian Lindsey Tichenor as Shelly Matt Wallace as Vincent

How does the stability of a nucleus change during a nuclear reaction?

Basically two atoms collide and form another atom plus a spare neutron and releases energy. The two atoms to start with are normally the isotopes of hydrogen, deuterium and tritium, and will form helium when fused together.

What actors and actresses appeared in Gli uomini non sono ingrati - 1937?

The cast of Gli uomini non sono ingrati - 1937 includes: Luigi Almirante as Avvocato Laszlo Tomay Lina Bacci as Janka Gino Cervi as Ferencz Korvat Amelia Chellini as Antonia Gabor Vasco Creti as l segretario di Aladar Mara Danieli Thea Daris Maria Jacobini as Signora Margit - madre di Giorgina Alfredo Martinelli as Il costumista Cecil Pelan Nico Pepe as Palos Emilio Petacci as Il marito geloso Alfredo Petroni as Franz Isa Pola as Georgina Huszti Antimo Reyner Fernanda Salvi as Alcune commesse della perfumeria Giulio Stival as Fodor Enrico Viarisio as Aladar Toth Lily Vincenti as Lily

What actors and actresses appeared in The Perfect Stranger - 2005?

The cast of The Perfect Stranger - 2005 includes: Cassandra Arza Pelan as Rachel Pamela Brumley as Nikki Cominsky Michele Cardinali as Legal Secretary Mattew Chappell as Carlo Christopher Chiarot as Office Executive Melissa Combs as Woman in Bathroom Stella Davis as Sarah Cominsky Monica Hardin as Restaurant Patron Tyler Hudson as Brother Megan Hudson as Sister Laura Hudson as Waitress Klaine Hughes as Busboy Alexis Hughes as Restaurant guest Leslie Kyle Hudson as Nikki at 13 Darby Leigh Dugger as Kelly (photo) Tom Luce as Eduardo Percy Metcalf as Dr. Hanks Jefferson Moore as The Stranger Jeremiah Pavkovich as Boyfriend Wanda Shee as Restaurant Patron Mark Waggoner as Husband Laura Waggoner as Wife Lindsay Willinger as Girlfriend

Who won 2002 Bram Stoker award?

There are many Bram Stoker awards. The 2000 categories and winners are: Novel: The Night Class by Tom Piccirilli First Novel: The Lovely Bones by Alice Seybold Long Fiction: "El Dia de Los Muertos" by Brian A. Hopkins '"My Work Is Not Yet Done"' by Thomas Ligotti Short Fiction: "The Misfit Child Grows Fat on Despair" by Tom Piccirilli Collection: One More for the Road by Ray Bradbury Anthology: The Darker Side edited by John Pelan Nonfiction: Ramsey Campbell, Probably by Ramsey Campbell Illustrated Narrative: Nightside (issues 104) by Robert Weinberg Screenplay: Frailty by Brent Hanley Work for Young Readers: Coraline by Neil Gaiman Poetry Collection: The Gossamer Eye by Mark McLaughlin, Rain Graves and David Niall Wilson Alternative Forms: Imagination Box (multimedia CD) by Steve and Melanie Tem Lifetime Achievement Award: Stephen King and Jerry Williamson