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James Bacon & Sons

Portrait on Silk

Hand Tinted Photo Etching Portrait by James Bacon & Sons

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Alan Taylor



Alan Taylor wrote:

Portrait on Silk

"I attach a photo of a portrait/etching of a 1920s lady which has the characteristic signature of James Bacon & Sons at lower right.

The picture is on silk and seems to be a combination of etching and silk screen print from an original photo.

It is approx eight by six inches in size.  Have you come across this type of product from James Bacon before?"

Alan Taylor:  July 20, 2011

Messages for Alan?

The portrait above looks appealing, but I have not seen anything similar before.

If you know anything about this style of work, but if you know anything about it and would like to contact  Alan, please email me, then I'll pass your message on to him.

Thank you:

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  July 23, 2011




Peter Byrne

Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland

Peter Byrne wrote:

Portraits on Silk

"You reproduced a photo on silk by James Bacon and Sons of a lady with red shoes from a Mr Taylor.

I have recently purchased two similar photos.  They are of a lady in two poses.

-   In one, she is gazing at the camera.

Portrait on silk by James Bacon & Sons

- In the other, she is sitting sideways in a chair looking at a hand-held mirror.  Her lips, and a lipstick she is holding in her hand, are highlighted in red.

Portrait on silk by James Bacon & Sons

This seems similar to red shoes in Mr Taylor's picture.

The photos are very fresh looking, and very appealing, with great detail and subtle coloring.

Do you know any more of these and were they a widespread technique.?"

Peter Byrne, Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland:  July 25, 2011




Alan Taylor

Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland

Alan Taylor replied:


"Thank you for drawing attention to the photos/etchings sent to you by Peter Byrnes.

Looking at all three I can see a similarity in style and colours used.  However, in mine there are the initials H ( or I ) B at the margins of the picture (partially cropped by my photo) and I wonder if these refer to the etcher. I don't think they are on the other two pictures but again they may have been 'cropped out'.

Another thing I note is that James Bacon & Sons are also listed as miniature painters until 1934.  I wonder if one of the sons with initials HB was responsible for the artistic (as opposed to photographic) content on these silk portraits."

Alan Taylor:  July 31, 2011

Reply to Alan?

I don't know the answer to the questions raised by Alan above,  If you can help to answer these questions, please email me, then I'll pass your reply on to Alan.    Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh, July 31, 2011




Peter Byrne

Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland

Peter Byrne replied to Alan Taylor's comments above.

Peter Wrote:

Portraits on Silk  -  Initials

"The initials that Alan mentions are on one of my pictures.  They may also be on the other of my pictures, but hidden behind the mount.

They could be either a 'HB' or an 'IB'.  We think it's an HB', and that the the second vertical of the 'H' is the vertical of the 'B'.

Peter Byrne, Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland:  August 6, 2011


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