John Brampton Philpot Tomb of Lorenzo di Piero de' Medici, Florence, Italy
Medium Albumen print from waxed paper negative
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1856 Print Date 1850s
Dimensions 15-5/8 x 11 in. (397 x 279 mm)
Photo Country Italy
Photographer Country United Kingdom (UK)
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
Titled in the same contemporary light pencil on bottom recto of mount that is on other Philpot images. Mount is the same type of paper, although there is no blindstamp.
Born in England in 1812, John Brampton Philpot resided in Florence, Italy from about 1850 until his death in 1878. In 1856 Philpot made 30 calotypes which record the sculpted figures of the Tuscan "pantheon" in the exterior niches of the Uffizi. A series of 28 calotypes of Florence date from the same period, for four of these were exhibited in 1856 at the Photographic Society of Scotland in Edinburgh. Also in the 1850s Philpot produced facsimiles of drawings in the Uffizi in connection with a proposal to compile an inventory of the collection. Baedeker mentioned this aspect of Philpot's production in his 1877 Handbook for Northern Italy, listing Philpot's business as one of the principal photographic establishments in Florence: "Philpot & Co., Borgo Ognissanti 17 (reproductions of Uffizi drawings)." The blindstamp here lists an earlier address for Philpot at "Lungo L Arno 1187, Firenze". Philpot also exhibited at the Firenze Esposizione Italiana in 1861, which may be where Harrison saw his work.
Provenance: old collection of J. Harrison, Jr. purchased in 1861.
Lorenzo di Piero de' Medici (September 12, 1492 -May 4, 1519) was the ruler of Florence from 1513 to his death in 1519. He was also Duke of Urbino from 1516 to 1519. Lorenzo died from syphilis only 21 days after his daughter's birth. His tomb, along with its companion piece, the tomb of Giuliano di Lorenzo de' Medici, is in the Medici Chapel in the Church of San Lorenzo. The tombs are ornamented with sculpture by Michelangelo, with the figure known as Pensieroso representing Lorenzo. Due to the fact that the Duke shared the same name, Lorenzo di Piero de' Medici, with his more famous grandfather, Lorenzo the Magnificent, who is buried nearby, the grand tomb is often mistaken for that of his grandfather.
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