A daguerreotype of the waterfront of St Mark's Square and Ducal Palace, Venice, by Alexander John Ellis. The bell tower and domes of St Mark's Cathedral are clearly visible on the left, with to its left the Doge's Palace. 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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