'Pisa, The Baptistry and portion of the Cathedral...' 1841.
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A daguerreotype of the cathedral Baptistry at Pisa, Italy, by Alexander John Ellis. The San Giovanni Baptistry is a part of the religious complex in the Piazza dei Miracoli or 'Field of Miracles', which includes the Duomo, or cathedral of Santa Maria, and the famous Leaning Tower. The full title of the daguerreotype is 'Pisa, The Baptistry and portion of the Cathedral from the East side of the grass plot.' 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.