Images and detailed descriptions are now available online for a collection of photographs showing scenes of 19th century Italy and France. Held in Special Collections, they mainly date from the 1850s and 1860s and feature a number of Italian cities and towns along the French Riviera, capturing beautiful landscapes and buildings.
This collection, Dougan 106, comprises nearly 70 images, primarily albumen prints. It includes significant examples of work by the Scottish photographer Robert Macpherson who lived in Rome, the Alinari brothers of Florence and the partnership of Davanne and Aleo, based in the south of France.
Commercial photographs of popular views were sold in bookshops and stationers, as postcards are today. It is probable that these photographs were bought by a late 19th century tourist, in the days before the widespread use of personal cameras and over a century before the arrival of camera phones.
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Categories: Special Collections
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