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Lot 3: (EGYPT) antonio beato (circa 1832-1906) Binder containing 75 largely unmounted photographs of ancient Egyptian sites in various sizes a

FINE PHOTOGRAPHS & PHOTOBOOKS

Platinum House

by Swann Auction Galleries

December 11, 2012

New York, NY, USA

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Description: (EGYPT) antonio beato (circa 1832-1906)/span
Binder containing 75 largely unmounted photographs of ancient Egyptian sites in various sizes and formats, many by Beato, with 16 additional 20th-century snapshots of tourists posing at these same ancient locations more than 100 years later. Albumen (66) and silver (9) prints, 14x10 inches (35.6x25.4 cm.), and smaller, though most are 9x7 inches (22.9x17.8 cm.), and the reverse, 26 with Beato's signature in the negative; plus 16 chromogenic prints of an American family "in situ," in addition to an albumen print of a French industrial exposition. 1880s-1900s

Notes: An unusual suite of photographs in which Beato's proto-modernist albumen prints appear alongside later, early 20th-century enlargements of Egyptian sites and scenes, which are both juxtaposed against late 20th-century "reenactments" by a happy family of American tourists, who are photographed in these exact settings.

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