If there were a top ten list of my treasured possessions, this portrait would be one of them. I remember the day I first watched my mother unwrap it. Then we took it to a photography studio, maybe Hudson’s, for restoration. I remember yellowing and water stained areas in the background. And, soon I was with mom when we went to pick it up…amazed at the results.
This is Esther, my maternal grandmother, as a young girl. You have met Esther before on my blog, here, here and here. She is probably about 3 years old in this charcoal rendering of her. This was a popular technique back then, drawing with the aid of a projected photograph. Timeframe: 1903ish. She was always as sweet as this picture depicts her.