'Mosquee du Sultan Mahmoud a Tophanna', c 1855.
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A photograph of a mosque in Tophana, Istanbul (Constantinople), Turkey, taken by James Robertson and Felice Beato. Born in Scotland, Roberston settled in Constantinople in 1841 and took up photography in the early 1850s. 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.