'The Admiralty and Statue of Peter the Great', 1852.

Fenton, Roger

'The Admiralty and Statue of Peter the Great', 1852.
3 1 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

Description

Photograph by Roger Fenton (1819-1869) of a sculpture of Peter I outside the Admiralty building in St Petersburg, Russia. The czar (1672-1725) founded St Petersburg in 1703 and it was still the capital of Russia in the nineteenth century. This equestrian statue of the czar by French sculptor Etienne Maurice Falconet (1716-1791) was erected in the late eighteenth century. In 1852 Roger Fenton accompanied his friend Charles Vignoles, an engineer, on a trip to Russia. Vignoles was building a suspension bridge across the River Dnieper. Fenton was at the beginning of his photographic career and returned with salted paper print views of Kiev, Moscow and St Petersburg.

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