A daguerreotype of the Castel dell'Ovo in the Bay of Naples, Italy, by Alexander John Ellis. The Castel dell'Ovo (Egg Castle) sits on a promontory dividing the bay of the port from the bay of Riviera di Chiaia (the Caracciolo waterfront). The castle dates back to the eleventh century, but was rebuilt in its present form by the Spanish in the early sixteenth century. 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.
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