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'Pompeii, The East side of the Street of Tombs...', 1841.

Ellis, Alexander John

'Pompeii, The East side of the Street of Tombs...', 1841.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm


'Pompeii, The East side of the Street of Tombs from one of the upper rooms in the Ancient Inn', 21 April 1841. Daguerreotype by Alexander John Ellis (1814-1890). One of a series of topographical and architectural views which are among the earliest known photographs of Italy. Ellis 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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