'La Grande Pyramide de Ghizeh', 1857.
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A photograph of the Great Pyramid at Giza, near Cairo, Egypt, probably taken by Felice Beato and James Robertson. Beato, a Venetian by birth, initially worked as a photographer in England. Around 1854 he began working with his brother-in-law Robertson, based in Constantinople (Istanbul). Some photographs are signed 'Robertson, Beato and Co'. It is possible the 'and Co' refers to Felice's brother Antonio Beato. Robertson and Beato photographed the Crimean War in 1855 and the Indian Mutiny in 1857-1858. Born in Scotland, James Roberston settled in Constantinople in 1841 and took up photography in the early 1850s. Around this time he began working with his brother-in-law Felice Beato, photographing subjects in and around Constantinople (Istanbul).