'Venice, West side of the Palazzo Ducale...', 1841.
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A daguerreotype of the Palazzo Ducale or Doge's Palace, Venice, seen from St Mark's Square, by Alexander John Ellis. The column in the centre is one of three flagstaffs that stand in the square in front of the basilica San Marco. Dating from Venice's imperial past they flew the flags of Crete, Cyprus and the Morea. The full title of the daguerreotype is 'Venice, West side of the Palazzo Ducale, seen from the Piazza de S. Marco.' 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.