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The Virginius Incident

The Virginius

Featuring restored and colorized images by J.A. Sierra


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Deconstructing the image of Captain Joseph Fry

Portrait of Captain Fry


Captain Joseph Fry was executed on November 7, 1873 for his role as Captain of the rebel ship Virginius. This image was scanned from the book "The Virginius Affair" by Richard H. Bradford, and had originally been published in the November 29, 1873 issue of Harper’s Weekly.

Original Cptn Fry

This is what the original scan looked like after a few minor corrections and enhancements.

blurred Fry

The oval was separated from the background, and a copy of that layer was blured uisng Motion Blur to create the isolated background.

Fry body

A layer with the isolated body was created.

Fry head

And finally the head was separated into its own layer, and color was removed and contrast adjusted to achieve the desired effect.

The various layers were merged into the final image.