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Left: Clara Clemens acting out a scene of her father's story, The Prince and the Pauper. 1880s

Right: Susy Clemens and her father as Hero and Leander
[photograph, 1890]

During their stay at Onteora, an artists' retreat in the Catskills mountains in NY, in the summer of 1890, Clemens enjoyed improvising plays with his daughters.

Here he appeared as Leander, outfitted with a hot-water bag, who tried to swim the Hellespont to snatch a kiss from his beloved Hero.


Originally black-and-white photographs coloured by me. This is last of the Clemens series. I'll be back to the Romanovs. I promise. :)
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faisalfadhil Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
A photograph that made me go out and do some research, is definitely a good photograph.
Apart from that, the coloring is lovely, albeit not very realistic - but we're talking about a photograph from the 1880's, so wonderful work!
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Livadialilacs Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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natsafan Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
This is awesome :) please continue to colour Clemens photos, they're sooo nice
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cddmanful Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It is so like the Sam Clemens I have come to know from his writings about himself, to portray Leander thus, especially with the hot water bottle.... I am getting the feeling from this series that Susy usually looked a bit serious in photos! Coloring in these seems perfect for the times, and I think you mentioned before that you do some research for this kind of thing--very nice, very nice.
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Toxic-Innocence Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
These are so sweet! I want my family to be like this when I'm older (minus the tragic deaths, of course). There's no need to rush back to the Romanovs, I love these Clemens pictures. <3
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Ghostgirl-Shanika Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This has got to be the most adorable collection of photos I have ever seen. It's so sweet that Samuel Clemens hung out with his daughters this way, it must have been really fun for all of them!! :)

Lovely work on the colouring too! Their outfits look really cool and fun! :D
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