Diana Lynn by Warnecke & Schoenbaechler, 1960


Harry Warnecke (1900 – 1994) and associates at the New York Daily News used the complex three color carbro process to make vibrant color portraits of various scenes and celebrities from the entertainment, political and other realms.  They developed a camera that could take three separate color images of the subject. These were printed one on top of each other to make startlingly rich color prints that would then be used to make the color covers of the Rotogravure section of the Daily News, one of the first uses of color in newspapers.

An exhibition of Warnecke’s color portraits, “In Vibrant Color,” took place at the National Portrait Gallery in 2012.

This is a unique original color print with a 16 x 13 – inch image. The edges of some of the separate color images can be seen at the border of the picture.

This portrait was made on December 12, 1949 by Warnecke and his associate Schoenbackler, as noted in crayon on the verso.

Diana Lynn (1926 – 1971) was a child prodigy on the piano.  Her film roles were mostly in comedies.

In 1949, the year of this portrait, she was in “My Friend Irma,” the first film with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, that starred Marie Wilson [whose portrait by Warnkecke is offered on this site.]


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