Gilbert Ledward signed Aug 1946 (H-Elliot) digital photo restoration

The Combined Services Memorial at Westminster Abbey in London was designed by sculptor Gilbert Ledward. The models for the three figures were serving members of the forces.

Corporal Howard Elliott modeled for The representative of the Parachute Regiment in this memorial, and I was lucky enough to have been given this following job by one of his relatives.

The image below (before image), shows Corporal Howard Elliott modelling for this memorial as sculptor Gilbert Ledward works. This image was heavily damaged from recent water damage, and as such required an extensive digital repair job.

As luck would have it though, despite being heavily damaged, the area where Howard Elliot stands, for the most part, only had fairly minimal damage, and his face remained mostly intact apart from some discolouring and spots of damage there. Also, Gilbert Ledward’s facial features managed to remain unscathed.

Facial features are the most time consuming areas to repair, so if the eyes, nose and mouth are spared, this can be a bonus. For the most part, this image had enough areas remaining that could be re-sampled to repair the damaged areas. Despite being a time consuming job, it was repairable.

The unfortunate issue with this image was that the sculpture itself was fairly damaged, however, there was a low res photo of this image supplied that had been taken of the original photo prior to it suffering the damage that had occurred. Although being of very low resolution, it was enough to use to replace the original statue, and then further repair could be undertaken on the original photo after scanning.

Here are the results of this digital photo restoration job of Howard Elliot posing for Gilbert Ledward

 

Before: click image to view in larger detail
Before: click image to view in larger detail
Gilbert Ledward signed Aug 1946 (H-Elliot) after digital photo restoration
After: click image to view in larger detail