'Rome. View from the Pincio...', 1841.
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A daguerreotype of the view from the Monte Pincio or Pincio Hill of Vatican City, by Alexander John Ellis. In the 19th century the Pincio Hill Gardens were a popular place for a fashionable evening stroll, providing spectacular views across Rome towards the Vatican. The dome of St Peter's can be seen in the distance. The full title of the daguerreotype is 'Rome. View from the Pincio. In the distance St Peter's with the Vatican Palace and Galleries.' 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.