Painting on photographs
A 19th Century perspective
With thanks to all the institutions, private collectors, photographic galleries and dealers who have kindly provided examples for inclusion.
The artist that rubs out the freckles from a lady's photograph, blots out truth and substitutes falsehood. If the conscience of society is not above the approval of such things, it is because artists have educated society down to that level. A true artist owes it to himself to be truthful. If artists would spend as much pains trying to bring out the living realism of nature as they do in trying to improve nature, both art and morals would be vastly the gainers.
(Rev. W.P. M'Nary "Art as a Teacher" in The Evangelical Repository, First Series, Vol.LVI, No.11, April 1880, p.365-366)
Antiq-Photo, Archive Farms, Bassenge Photography Auctions, Be-Hold, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Département des Estampes et de la Photographie, Bonhams - London, Brown University Library - Special Collections, CEROS - Jean-Mathieu Martini / Serge Plantureux, Charles Nes Photography LLC New York - Paris, Charles Schwartz Ltd, Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Cleveland Museum of Art, Collection of Michael G. Jacob, Collezione della Fondazione Carispo di Spoleto, Cornell University Library, DeGolyer Library, Dennis A. Waters Fine Daguerreotypes, Edinburgh City Libraries and Information Services, FotoMuseum Provincie Antwerpen, George Eastman House, J. Cosmas Vintage Photography, J. Paul Getty Museum, Jefferson Stereoptics, Jeffrey Kraus Antique Photographics, KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Musée d'Orsay, Musée français de la Photographie, Museu Imperial, National Archive of the Netherlands / Nationaal Archief, National Archives, National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Canada, National Media Museum, Old Japan, Paul Frecker, Photo Verdeau, Princeton University Art Museum, Private collection, Private collection of Laddy Kite, Private collection of Alan Griffiths, Private collection of John Hannavy, Private collection of Marco C. Antonetto, Private collection of Michel Mégnin, Private collection of Rob Oechsle, Stereographica - Antique Photographica, The Isenburg Collection @ AMC Toronto, Universiteit Leiden - Prentenkabinet.