'Mont Olivier', 1857.
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A photograph of the Mount of Olives, Jerusalem, taken by Robertson, Beato and Co. Many events in the Bible took place on the Mount of Olives. It was where Jesus was arrested and where he appeared to his disciples after the Resurrection. 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.