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General Views - Panoramic View of Rome, from the Vatican Observatory.

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Rome (photographed)

  • Date:

    1864-1870 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    mounted albumen print

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Panoramic photograph of Rome, taken from the Vatican Observatory.

Place of Origin

Rome (photographed)


1864-1870 (photographed)


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

Materials and Techniques

mounted albumen print


Height: 26.8 cm mount, Width: 33.2 cm mount

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 depicting a panoramic view of Rome taken from the Vatican Observatory, from a set commissioned by John Henry Parker, 1864-1870

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

On label pasted to mount




Photographs; Topography; Architecture


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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