Anyone for tennis...?

A restored and colourised version of the sepia photo shown below.


The girl on the left is Alice Adshead and on the right is her cousin Doris McAuslan (my Grandmother). The photo was taken in about 1902 by Doris' father Norman Jones McAuslan in their garden at New Road, Belper, Derbyshire.


Alice and her sisters who were all born in County Durham, emigrated to Toronto, Canada before 1912 but I have no record of what happened to them after that.


Restored and colourised with Paint Shop Pro.

  • habsburg06 8y

    Outstanding as always, Robert ! What a lovely photo ! Very impressive !
  • Alan 8y

    Beautiful young women and you've done such a fantastic coloration. They could pass for young women of today, given the quality of the photo; less the dress code. Excellent restoration, Robert.
  • Leonardo Martins (Don't feel shy, leave a comment! 8y

    It's a fantastic work!
    The colors are amazingly perfect! :-)
  • Bawmer 8y

    Yet another fantastic restoration.
  • Salomé Vorfas 8y

    excellent work!
  • Jerry Pierce 8y

    Fantastic! You are definitely the "King" of colorization.
  • Balliolman 8y

    Tastefully coloured: well done!
  • Gene Tew 8y

    Wonderful colorization, this great with soft colors.
  • stonelucifer 8y

    I'm trying to imagine playing tennis in a long dress - must try that sometime.
  • Patroklos 8y

    Love it.
  • jciv 8y

    Great job colorizing. I was sure that was a modern picture with costumes made to look old. I also restore my ancestor's photos, but I don't try to colorize them too often, it is so hard to make it look natural. You seem to have that down.
  • Robert Silverwood 8y

    Even in the 1920s women at Wimbledon "...wore corset, hat, blouse, and long floor length skirt." !
  • Irma 8y

    Very exquisite treatment in your pictures Robert.
    I love the colors you worked with, and the pictures is really amazing.
    Beautiful moment and lovely girls... :)

    Thanks so much for the link to the group... :)
    My picture is there already.
  • otisourcat 8y

    The best color job I've ever seen.
  • Lynn (Gracie's mom) 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Art & Print Boutique of Flickr, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
  • Kingkongphoto & 6y

    super job...and nice choice of Image
  • Michael Letour 3y

    Wonderful job! Here is a piece that I found on
    Alice Adshead

    Just as a point of fact (although it looks great the way you did it), the racquet handles of that age would have been bare, unfinished wood. I also noticed the strings appear to be broken on Alice's racquet. The purpose of that piece of material hanging from Alice's racquet is a mystery to me. You wouldn't play with it like that, I think.
  • Robert Silverwood 3y

    Michael Letour Thanks Michael.
    The people at Pleasant Hill kindly sent me copies of the documents that you linked to, which were photographed by Gordon Adshead who researches all aspects and history of the Adshead name.

    Thanks for the detail about the old racquets. Doris McAuslan's father Norman was a professional studio photographer so my guess is that the racquets were perhaps just props used for the photo.

    I have also learnt recently that Alice had red hair, so a re-edit may be due soon!
  • Michael Letour 3y

    Thanks Robert. I'm a racquet collector, so I notice odd details when it comes to tennis equipment. I think your colorization skills are just fantastic.
  • goodday2007 3y

    lovely foto of two very pretty & charming girls
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