An engraving by Salathe from an original daguerreotype of the waterfall at Tivoli, Italy, by Parisian optician N P Lerebours. Since Roman times the area around Tivoli has been famous for its scenic beauty. The Great Waterfall on the River Aniene is close to the remains of Hadrian's Villa Tivoli and was popular with tourists on the Grand Tour. In 1839, Lerebours began collecting daguerreotype views of Europe and the Near East. Some of these were engraved and published as 'Excursions daguerriennes, représentant les vues et les monuments les plus remarquables du globe' (Daguerreian Travels, representing the most remarkable views and monuments in the world), (Paris, 1841-1844).
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