16 Colorized Portraits Photos of Celebrities From the 19th Century

Up until the 1950s and 1960s, color photography was extremely rare, and so when we think about history prior to that time, we often envision it in black and white.

Colorized photos of French stage actress Sarah Bernhardt and English actress Ellen Terry in the 1860s

Today’s technology now enables us to colorize historical photos, giving us chances at imagination what the world really looked like back then. And it was truly spectacular.

These incredible portrait photos (most of them are celebrities) from the 19th century were colorized by seriykotik1970 that will blow you away.

Portrait of a beautiful woman by the Boston daguerreotypists Southworth and Hawes, about 1848
Swedish opera singer, often known as the ‘Swedish Nightingale’, Jenny Lind, 1850
Irish singer Lola Montez, circa 1851
Irish singer Lola Montez, taken by the Boston photographers Southworth and Hawes, circa 1851
One of the most famous and extravagant courtesans of Paris, with a string of aristocratic and royal lovers, Cora Pearl photographed by André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri, 1854
Portrait of an unknown woman at studio of Nadar, 1861
Actress Ellen Terry, taken when she was sixteen, about the time of her marriage to GF Watts. By Julia Margaret Cameron, circa 1863
French stage actress Sarah Bernhardt photographed by Nadar, 1864
French stage actress Sarah Bernhardt photographed by Nadar, 1864
Adelina Patti, probably the greatest soprano of the 19th century, with the possible exception of Jenny Lind, circa late 1860s
Sir Richard Francis Burton, circa 1870s
“The Devil Drives” Sir Richard Francis Burton, circa 1870s
Sarah Bernhardt as Lady Macbeth, photographed by Nadar, 1884
French stage actress Sarah Bernhardt photographed by Nadar, circa 1885
Ballet dancer and socialite, Cléo de Mérode, circa 1890s
Daughter of the actress Gabrielle Réjane, dressed as Napoleon at studio Nadar, Paris, 1891 or 1892

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