Sep 27, 2007

Temple of Ramesses II, Abu Simbel

Temple of Ramesses II, Abu Simbel

c. 1860s

Antonio Beato

(British, c. 1825-1903)

Albumen print from wet collodion negative

Image: 26.1 x 38.4 cm (10 1/4 x 15 1/8 in.); Matted: 45.7 x 55.9 cm (18 x 22 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1992.307



Du Camp was the first photographer to depict the marvels of ancient Egypt. In 1849 a scholarly association commissioned the young writer to document Egyptian monuments and their hieroglyphics. He learned to photograph shortly before embarking for Egypt in the company of the young novelist Gustave Flaubert. In 1852 Du Camp published an album of photographs of Egypt, Nubia, Palestine, and Syria, which brought him widespread recognition. Just as Du Camp followed in the footsteps of earlier painters and scholars,later photographers like Beato often echoed his choices of subject matter.

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