'Rome, The East side of the Triumphal Arch of Titus, from the road', 1841.
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A daguerreotype of the triumphal arch of the Roman Emperor Titus [31-81] in Rome, by Alexander John Ellis. The arch was built in 81 AD by the Roman Emperor Domitian [51-96] to commemorate the victories of his brother the Emperor Titus and his father the Emperor Vespasian. It stands close to the Sacra Via, the Sacred Way, along which a victorious general would ride in triumph. 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.