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Adam Cuerden

Joined 15 June 2007
WHAT I DO
I do image restoration, taking an old image with flaws that make it unusable, and carefully fixing it back into a useful image. For example:
BEFORE AFTER
SMS Arcona NH 65764 - Original.jpg
SMS Arcona NH 65764 - Restoration.jpg
Utopia Limited Poster - Original.tif Utopia Limited Poster.jpg
Joseph Ferdinand Keppler - The Pirate Publisher - Puck Magazine - Original LoC scan.tif
Joseph Ferdinand Keppler - The Pirate Publisher - Puck Magazine - Restoration by Adam Cuerden.jpg
It requires careful work and attention to detail, and a willingness to spend a few hours removing individual dust spots with the healing brush, because you care about helping to share knowledge, and this is the best way to provide illustrations of that. My restorations currently make up about 7.4% of all featured pictures on English Wikipedia, and you'd be surprised at just how much code I put in to keeping that as up to date as possible.


Fun fact, by the way: See those empty borders on images? They are the absolute worst, because the slightest discolouration will be incredibly visible. On some images, I've spent three times the effort on the bits no-one pays attention to... unless you don't spend that effort.


Featured picturesEdit

To sort out:

Le roi de Lahore (1877) https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b531791095.r=Le%20roi%20de%20lahore?rk=536483;2 https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b70012442/f1.item.r=Massenet%20opera.zoom https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b7001245g.r=Massenet%20opera?rk=2145933;2

Hérodiade (1881) https://gallica.bnf.fr/services/engine/search/sru?operation=searchRetrieve&version=1.2&startRecord=0&maximumRecords=50&page=1&query=%28gallica%20all%20%22H%C3%A9rodiade%22%29&filter=dc.type%20all%20%22image%22

Manon (1884) https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b53187292r.r=affiche%20manon?rk=42918;4

https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b8438388r.r=Manon%20opera?rk=21459;2

Le Cid (1885) https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b531790982/f1.item.r=Massenet%20opera.zoom https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b70000976.r=Massenet%20opera?rk=1781124;4

Esclarmonde (1889) https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b53187300h/f1.item.r=Massenet%20opera.zoom

Bacchus (1909)Various set designs. http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2016/Aug/Massenet_article.pdf (also Cleopatre) https://gallica.bnf.fr/services/engine/search/sru?operation=searchRetrieve&version=1.2&collapsing=disabled&query=dc.relation%20all%20%22cb418719125%22&rk=64378;0 has http://www.appoggiature.net/2013/09/repere-la-relation-entre-jules-massenet.html which is definitely Amaheli here.

More operas. A lot more

Best:

https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b53117713m/f1.item.r=opera%20affiche

Les Huguenots https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b8438000c/f1.item.r=Meyerbeer

Weirdest:

Auber (sure I missed some with him)

Audran

Bellini

Instead, do https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b531169722/f1.item.r=Bellini%20Norma.zoom and https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b53116971m/f1.item.r=Bellini%20Norma.zoom

Berlioz

Bizet

Bruneu

Chabrier, E

Charpentier

David, F. (think I missed some of his)

Debussy

Delibes

Dupont

Erlanger

Fevrier

Flotow

Gounod

Lalo

Lecocq (TONS more)

Litolff

Massenet

Massé

Messager


Meyerbeer


Offenbach (incomplete)

https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b531873350.r=opera%20affiche?rk=21459;2

https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b53167757m.r=opera%20affiche?rk=5815479;2

Perry

Pessard

Planquette

Puccini

Reyer (lots more available)


Saint-Saëns

Salvayre


Semet (& Georges Sand)

Strauss, J.


Strauss, R.

de Suppe

Thomas

Vasseur

Verdi


Wagner

https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b53179090g/f1.item.r=opera%20affiche

Wormser

In progressEdit

Current nominations/Forthcoming nominations:Edit

Key
These are not featured pictures yet. But should be. They are either currently being voted on or will be soon. Hopefully.

Things either currently nominated, about to be nominated, or awaiting renominationEdit

May also include things about to be nominated, but only when there's a problem at WP:FPC (or they're only nearly done, but will be done in a day or two. This is optimistic.)

In progress

Avril de Sainte-Croix, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Rose Winslow

Nyström: https://www.flickr.com/photos/national_library_of_norway/24207670678/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/national_library_of_norway/24207683468/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/national_library_of_norway/24207693358/

Featured picturesEdit

Images that have gone through the featured picture process and have been recognised as amongst the best on Wikipedia.

Key

2019Edit

These 95.5 restorations from the first 11 months of 2019 make up 1.457% of all featured pictures on English Wikipedia. My goal for the year is 1.5%, which currently requires 98.34 restorations. I am currently on target to meet this goal, with a projected 1.645% (107.9) for the year. (Everything in this paragraph is automatically updated.)

2018Edit

These 8 restorations from the last two months of 2018 make up 0.122% of all featured pictures on English Wikipedia. 2018 concluded a long Wikibreak, with me only rejoining in late November, so this isn't too bad numberwise. And, hey, wrote the music to an opera as well.

Featured pictures from previous yearsEdit

2017Edit

2017 had a long wikibreak in it, that I never really left for long....

2016Edit

These 72.75 restorations from 2016 make up 1.11% of all featured pictures on English Wikipedia.

2015Edit

Key

These 48.5 restorations from 2015 make up 0.74% of all featured pictures on English Wikipedia.

Notable non-restorationsEdit

Images I've found for Wikipedia, which were featured, but which didn't need much or any work beyond finding them.

2014Edit

Key

These 81.5 restorations from 2014 make up 1.243% of all featured pictures on English Wikipedia.

2013Edit

Key

These 65 restorations from 2013 make up 0.991% of all featured pictures on English Wikipedia.

Older (Highlights)Edit

This list is not at all complete, but gives a sampling (111 images; 1.693% of all featured pictures on English Wikipedia) of my pre-2013 Featured picture work.

Faces of ProgressEdit

A project, in the wake of the 2016 American election, to restore one progressive activist's photograph from at least each state of the continental United States (I have some doubts about how readily accessible images will be for Hawaii and Alaska).


  1. Alabama‎ - Alva Belmont (File:Mrs. O.H.P. (Alva) Belmont (Cropped).jpg) and Rosa Parks (File:Rosa Parks being fingerprinted...)   Done
  2. Alaska
  3. Arizona
  4. Arkansas
  5. California - Alice Locke Park (File:Alice_Park_-_Records_of_the_National_Woman's_Party.jpg)   Done
  6. Colorado - Dr. Caroline Spencer (File:Dr. Caroline Spencer 275029v.jpg)   Done
  7. Connecticut - Lillian Ascough (File:Mrs. Lillian Ascough, chairman of the Connecticut branch of the Woman's Party.jpg)   Done
  8. Delaware - Mabel Vernon (File:Mabel_Vernon,_c._1917,_by_Edmonston,_Washington,_D.C..jpg)   Done
  9. Florida
  10. Georgia
  11. Hawaii - Lili'uokalani (File:Liliuokalani, c. 1891.jpg)   Done
  12. Idaho
  13. Illinois
  14. Indiana - Ida Husted Harper (File:Ida Husted Harper photograph by Aime Dupont.jpg)   Done
  15. Iowa - Carrie Chapman Catt (File:Carrie_Chapman_Catt_-_National_Woman's_Party_Records.jpg)   Done
  16. Kansas - Iris Calderhead (File:Iris Calderhead.jpg)   Done
  17. Kentucky
  18. Louisiana
  19. Maine
  20. Maryland
  21. Massachusetts - Louisa May Alcott (File:Louisa May Alcott, c. 1870 - Warren's Portraits, Boston.jpg)   Done
  22. Michigan
  23. Minnesota
  24. Mississippi
  25. Missouri
  26. Montana Jeanette Pickering Rankin (File:Jeannette Rankin, Bain News Service, facing front.jpg)   Done
  27. Nebraska
  28. Nevada
  29. New Hampshire
  30. New Jersey Lillian Feickert (File:Lillian Feickert c. 1912.jpg)   Done
  31. New Mexico
  32. New York Hester Jeffrey (File:Hester_Jeffrey.jpg)   Done
  33. North Carolina
  34. North Dakota
  35. Ohio
  36. Oklahoma
  37. Oregon
  38. Pennsylvania - Ida Tarbell (File:Ida M. Tarbell.jpg)   Done
  39. Rhode Island
  40. South Carolina
  41. South Dakota
  42. Tennessee
  43. Texas
  44. Utah
  45. Vermont
  46. Virginia - Pauline Adams (File:Mrs._Pauline_Adams_147002v.jpg)   Done
  47. Washington - Emma Smith DeVoe (File:Emma Smith DeVoe by James & Bushnell.jpg)   Done
  48. West Virginia
  49. Wisconsin
  50. Wyoming

Featured SoundsEdit

(List not complete by any means - I have 40% of all FSes, so I need to copy over a lot more =) )

Gabriel Fauré's Fantasie (1898), performed circa 1976 by Alex Murray (flute) and Martha Goldstein (piano).
Frog Legs Rag, a classic ragtime piece by James Scott. Performed on a synthesized piano by Wikipedian Adam Cuerden in 2010 with technical assistance from Jujutacular.
Zoltán Kodály's Duo for violin and cello, Op. 7, performed by the U.S. Army Strings.
Sergei Rachmaninoff wrote two sets of Études-Tableaux in 1911 (Op. 33) and 1917 (Op. 39); this recording is one of the pieces in the second, Opus 39 set. Conceived as "picture pieces", meant to evoke a visual scene, Rachmaninoff nonetheless declined to identify which scene he had in mind for most of the pieces, saying, "I don't believe in the artist that discloses too much of his images. Let [the listener] paint for themselves what it most suggests." Performed by Karine Gilanyan for Musopen.