'Rome, Via di Ripetta from the street', c 1841.
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A daguerreotype of the Via Ripetta in Rome, Italy, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1841and purchased by Alexander John Ellis (1814-1890). Built by Pope Leo X in the early sixteenth century, the Via Ripetta links the Ripetta harbour on the River Tiber with the Piazza del Popolo in Rome. 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.