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Photograph - Catacomb of S. Pontianus - Painting of a Jewelled Cross, A.D. 858-867
  • Catacomb of S. Pontianus - Painting of a Jewelled Cross, A.D. 858-867
    Parker, John Henry, born 1806 - died 1884
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Catacomb of S. Pontianus - Painting of a Jewelled Cross, A.D. 858-867

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Rome (photographed)

  • Date:

    1866-1868 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Parker, John Henry, born 1806 - died 1884 (publisher)
    Smeaton, Charles (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    mounted albumen print

  • Museum number:

    61997

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 324, box II

Physical description

Photograph of a painting of a jewelled cross in the Catacomb of S. Pontianus, Rome. Taken with a magnesium flash.

Place of Origin

Rome (photographed)

Date

1866-1868 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Parker, John Henry, born 1806 - died 1884 (publisher)
Smeaton, Charles (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

mounted albumen print

Dimensions

Height: 26.8 cm mount, Width: 33.2 cm mount, Height: 16.7 cm image, Width: 12 cm image

Object history note

This object is part of a series of over 3,300 photographs documenting the principal monuments, artworks and artefacts of Rome from the classical age to the 1600s. The photographs were taken between 1864 and 1879 under the direction of John Henry Parker, the founder of the British and American Archaeological Society of Rome, and many were published in his Archaeology of Rome (1874-1879). Parker employed local photographers including Adriano De Bonis, Filippo Spina, Carlo Baldassare Simelli, Francesco Sidoli, Filippo Lais and Giovanni Battista Colamedici, as well as a Canadian, Charles Smeaton. The Victoria and Albert Museum holds a large collection of the photographs taken before 1870.

Descriptive line

Photograph by Charles Smeaton of a painting in the catacomb of S. Pontianus, Rome, from a set commissioned by John Henry Parker, 1864-1870

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Historical photographs : A catalogue of three thousand three hundred photographs of antiquities in Rome and Italy, with dates, historical or approximative, and a general index prepared under the direction of John Henry Parker, London, 1879

Production Note

photograph taken with magnesium light (an early form of flash created by burning magnesium wire)

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Photography

Subjects depicted

Wall paintings; Crosses; Catacomb

Categories

Photographs; Archaeology; Christianity

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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