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Beauty’s Charms Restoration

Beatrice Tonnesen - Beauty's Charms

Beauty’s Charms

A restoration of Tonnesen’s Beauty’s Charms is now available through the publisher’s website. Beauty's Charms was found on an advertising calendar dated 1919 for The Best Mfg. Co., New Haven, Conn. It can be identified as the work of famed artist/photographer Beatrice Tonnesen (1871 – 1958), a major contributor of calendar art from about 1900 – 1930, during the Golden Age of Illustration. The dress and the model are seen in other works contained in archives of Tonnesen's work, and this image is shown hanging in Tonnesen's Chicago studio in a photo dated 1920.

The original calendar image from which this print was produced appears on page 116 of The Secret Source: Beatrice Tonnesen and the Calendar Art of the Golden Age of Illustration.

The restoration is 13?x19?, limited edition, numbered, and dated, with a description at the bottom. It is printed on Epson UltraSmooth Fine Art Paper with Epson UltraChrome K3 inks to last more than a century.

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The Art Restorationist’s Dilemma

We received an an email through this site’s contact link from Micheal Donaldson. Micheal left a non-functioning return email, but I’d like to address the note here. It said:

I am a art Restorationist, i have seen a lot of this type of work disappear, because the owners clung to[o] tightly to it with water marks and flash player security.

If you really want this work to survive you, which is so needed in a world gone crazed on death and decay, you should make the largest and best quality 1.5 MB files for down loading, so the smile Beatrice intended for everyone goes out all over the net and shines on a world gone obsessed with death.

I replied, but it came back undelivered:

Hi Michael – Thanks for your note and your interest in Beatrice Tonnesen. I am an art restorationist also, but by hobby. I keep the master digital database of Beatrice Tonnesen images. It might be a bit messy, but it’s there. Lois and I have been working on BT for about seven years now, and we have dozens of terabytes recovered. Easily more than a thousand hours of image cleanup. There are no negatives, so all the images are reproduced from discovered photographs, paintings, calendars, or newspapers. Like any commercial studio, restored Beatrice Tonnesen images are under copyright and available for license. I encourage you to consider this route for disseminating our mutual interest in Beatrice Tonnesen.

Please contact me at any time.

Sincerely,

Sumner

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Beauty’s Charms – Giclée

"Beauty's Charms" by Beatrice Tonnesen

“Beauty’s Charms” by Beatrice Tonnesen

Lowell Limited, publisher of The Secret Source – Beatrice Tonnesen and the Calendar Art of The Golden Age of Illustration, and this site, is preparing a series of numbered Giclée reproductions of selected rare works attributable to Beatrice Tonnesen. Paper will be Epson Ultra­Smooth Fine Art Paper with Epson Ultra­Chrome K3 inks. Sizing will generally be 19 inches by 13 inches. Pricing will start at $150 plus shipping. The first image in preparation is the accompanying “Beauty's Charms”.

From the caption below the image:

“Beauty's Charms” was found on an advertising calendar dated 1919 for The Best Mfg. Co., New Haven, Conn. It can be identified as the work of famed artist/photographer Beatrice Tonnesen (1871 – 1958), a major contributor of calendar art from about 1900 – 1930, during the Golden Age of Illustration. The dress and the model are seen in other works contained in archives of Tonnesen's work, and this image is shown hanging in Tonnesen's Chicago studio in a photo dated 1920. – Lois Emerson

Additional Beatrice Tonnesen images and information are available at http://www.beatricetonnesenart.com. Lois Emerson is author and Sumner Nelson illustrator of The Secret Source: The Calendar Art of Beatrice Tonnesen in the Golden Age of Illustration.

Printed to archival standards on Epson UltraSmooth Fine Art Paper with Epson UltraChrome K3 inks.

This print is numbered __(Sequential)__, and was printed on: ___(Current Date)___, by ____(Sumner L. Nelson signature) ______.