Bisson Freres Le Baptistere (the Baptistry), Piasa
Medium Albumen print from wet plate negative
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1858 Print Date 1858
Dimensions 17-11/16 x 13-5/8 in. (449 x 346 mm)
Photo Country Italy
Photographer Country France
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
The photographer's blindstamp on the print and his ink stamp and handwritten title on the mount. Provenance: from the collection of Duc de Luynes; through his heirs. Duc de Luynes was highly interested in archeology, numismatics, art, architecture and photography; and he collected all of these articles. He sponsored a major contest for the first method of easy printing of photography and also sponsored numerous photographers and their work, often bringing photographers on his travels, such as the one to Lebanon and Palestine in 1864, when he brought the amateur photographer Louis Vignes along to take photographs of the trip. He sponsored the Bisson brothers on their trip to Italy to document the major architectural ruins and important building there. The duke's collection of 19th-century photography is considered the most important such collection of that period.
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