'Venice, Bridge of the Rialto and Rive de Carboni...' 1841.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A daguerreotype taken by Alexander John Ellis, showing the Rialto Bridge and the traffic on the Grand Canal from an upstairs window in the White Lion Inn. It was taken with a fourteen-minute exposure between 3:29 and 3:42 on the afternoon of 20 July, 1841. The full title is 'Venice, Bridge of the Rialto and Rive de Carboni from the White Lion Inn'. Between Easter 1840 and the summer of 1841, Ellis toured Italy, 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.