'Florence, View from the South Corridor...', 1841.
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A daguerreotype of the Campanile and dome of the Cathedral Santa Maria Del Fiore in Florence, Italy, by Alexander John Ellis. This daguerreotype was taken from the southern corridor of the Uffizi Art Gallery. The Campanile or bell-tower stands to the right of the dome of the Cathedral Santa Maria Del Fiore. The full title of the daguerreotype is 'Florence, View from the South Corridor in the Picture Gallery in the Uffizi.' Ellis toured Italy in 1841, taking daguerreotype panoramas, landscapes and architectural views. In Rome, he worked with Achille Morelli and Lorenzo Suscipi, acquiring 45 daguerreotypes from them. In total, Ellis took or acquired 159 daguerreotypes. He intended to publish engravings made from these as a book entitled 'Italy Daguerreotyped', but sadly the project was never realised.