In Tender Leaf by Wallace Nutting
This is a Wallace Nutting handcolored photo. It depicts a spring scene of trees surrounding a placid pond. The sun is just beginning to rise backlighting the scene with a gorgeous pink light. It is in its original tin frame. I've seen lots of framed Nutting photos, but I've never seen one in a frame like this. The bottom decoration is missing, but otherwise it is in excellent condition. The photo is in very good condition, with just some slight fading.
Artist Bio: Wallace Nutting (1861-1941) Wallace Nutting is one of the most interesting figures in the American Arts and Crafts movement. He was a talented student and ultimately received a Doctor of Divinity from Harvard University. He worked as a Congregational minister but was forced to retire in his early 40s due to poor health. This led to the start of his second career—the one his is renowned for. He turned what had been a hobby, photography into a business. He realized that by applying watercolors to black and white photographs, he could create an entirely new aesthetic that was extremely popular. Nutting applied the Henry Ford production method to this to be able to meet demand. Huge numbers of photographs were printed and provided to an assembly line of colorists (mostly women). Each colorist would have a specific color and would apply this color to one portion of the photograph before passing it along to the next in line until at the end of the line the print was complete finished and sent to be signed, titled and framed. All o f them are signed Wallace Nutting, although it was unlikely that he signed many (if indeed any) of the photos. He ultimately employed other photographers and over 200 colorists. Despite this approach, Nutting’s photographs are extremely lovely and highly sought. Many other photographers began to imitate Nutting’s approach (including some that started with Nutting). The development of color film that ultimately was easier and cheaper to process led to the end of this enterprise.