Photographs of Constantinople and Athens, circa 1860.

Robertson and Beato [Browse]
Visual material
1 v. ; 47 x 40 cm.


Related name
Getty AAT genre
circa 1860.
Summary note
Photograph album, titled "Constantinopel and Athens." Consists of 28 albumen prints (measuring from 33 x 25.2 cm to 19.5 x 15.5 cm), mounted on stiff leaves bound on stubs. Included are fifteen images showing views of Constantinople and thirteen with views of Athens. Constantinople group includes three photographs of veiled "Turkish Ladies" (studio portraits), as well as architectural monuments, including Haghia Sophia, the Suleiman Temple, the Mosque of Mohammed II and the Mosque of Suleiman. The Athens group includes images of the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Olympieion, the Erechtheum, the Arch of Hadrian, the Monument of Philopappus, the Theater of Dionysus, and the Tower of the Winds. About one third of the prints are signed in the negative “Robertson and Beato” (one is signed simply “Robertson”); the rest are by an unknown photographer, most probably by Dimitris Konstantinou. Early pencil inscription on front fly leaf reads: “J. E. Chase.”
  • Title supplied by the cataloger.
  • Robertson and Beato formed a partnership sometime in the early to mid 1850s; at that time they were based in Constantinople.
Binding note
Bound in contemporary (faded) purple cloth on hard board; upper cover with gilt-stamped title, neatly rebacked and re-cornered in rich brown morocco.
Language note
All of the images are titled in English with calligraphic pen and ink captions.
Source acquisition
Purchase; Acquired with matching funds provided by the Program in Hellenic Studies with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund; 2018. AM 2019-35.
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