The Past in Colour - Gallery

Thumbnail image of Charles Darwin, British naturalist, 1878. Artist: Unknown

Our digitisation and restoration team continue to create exceptional colourised works. Have you ever wondered what Darwin, Queen Victoria or Einstein might look like if photographed in colour? Well our team have created just that! With scrupulous research and great artistry these works aim to bring the past alive and that little bit closer.

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Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian neurologist. Artist: Unknown
Newspaper boy with news of the Titanic disaster, 14 April 1912. Artist: Unknown
Virginia Woolf, English novelist, essayist and critic, early 20th century. Artist: Unknown
Queen Elizabeth II returning to Buckingham Palace after her Coronation, 1953. Artist: Unknown
Oscar WiIde, Irish writer, wit and playwright, c1890. Artist: Unknown
Charles Darwin, British naturalist, 1878. Artist: Unknown
Winston Churchill making his famous V for Victory sign, 1942. Artist: Unknown
Christine Keeler arriving at the Old Bailey, London, 1963. Artist: Unknown
Thomas Hardy, English poet, novelist and dramatist with his second wife, Florence, 1912-1928. Artist: Unknown
Herbert George Wells, British novelist, 1914.Artist: Emil Otto Hoppe
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor (Mrs Simpson) at the Chateau de Cande, France, 1937. Artist: Unknown
Princess Elizabeth aged nine, 1935, (1937). Artist: Unknown Artist: Marcus Adams
Florence Nightingale, English nurse and hospital reformer, 1854. Artist: Unknown
Hans Christian Andersen, Danish author and poet, mid 19th century. Artist: Unknown
William Ewart Gladstone MP, British Liberal Prime Minister, 1882.Artist: Lock & Whitfield
Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, c1890. Artist: Unknown
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French artist, 1917. Artist: Unknown
Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield, British Conservative Prime Minister, 1881.Artist: Lock & Whitfield
Isambard Kingdom Brunel, British engineer, 1857 (1956). Artist: Unknown
Jules Verne, French novelist, 1877.Artist: Lock & Whitfield
Walt Whitman, American poet, c1880s.Artist: Mathew Brady
Charles Darwin, British naturalist, 1878. Artist: Unknown
Guglielmo Marconi, Italian physicist and inventor, 1926. Artist: Unknown
Albert Einstein, German-Swiss mathematician and theoretical physicist, c1930s. Artist: Unknown
Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-born American inventor, 19th century. Artist: Unknown
Alice Keppel, English socialite, 1906 (1964). Artist: Unknown
Arthur Conan Doyle, Scottish writer, c1900. Artist: Unknown
Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895), English biologist, 1890.  Artist: W&D Downey
Henry Morton Stanley, African explorer, 1880.Artist: Lock & Whitfield