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'Rome, posibly the Tristi di Mosti', 1841.

'Rome, posibly the Tristi di Mosti', 1841.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm


Rome, posibly the Tristi di Mosti', 1841. Anon daguerreotype. One of a series of topographical and architectural views which are among the earliest known photographs of Italy. Alexander J Ellis (1814-1890) wanted to use them as the basis of a series of engravings in a proposed publication called 'Italy Daguerreotyped'. The daguerreotype proces was one of two pioneering photographic proceses announced in 1839. Each image is a direct positive produced on sensitised metal plates in a long and complex procedure.

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