'Village de Bethanie', 1857.
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A photograph of the vilage of Bethany, Israel, taken by Robertson, Beato and Co. The village of Bethany is about two miles from Jerusalem, on the slopes of the Mount of Olives. According to the Bible, it is where Jesus performed the miracle of bringing Lazarus back to life. Felice Beato, a Venetian by birth, initially worked as a photographer in England. Around 1854 he began working with his brother-in-law James 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 (1857-1858). Beato left the partnership with Robertson in 1860 to photograph the Opium War in China.