Excavations, 1867 - Private House of the Emperor Hadrian (?) or Villa of Asinius Pollio (?), c. A.D. 120, near the Thermae of Caracalla, in the Vigna Guidi, Mosaic Pavement thumbnail 1
Excavations, 1867 - Private House of the Emperor Hadrian (?) or Villa of Asinius Pollio (?), c. A.D. 120, near the Thermae of Caracalla, in the Vigna Guidi, Mosaic Pavement thumbnail 2
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Excavations, 1867 - Private House of the Emperor Hadrian (?) or Villa of Asinius Pollio (?), c. A.D. 120, near the Thermae of Caracalla, in the Vigna Guidi, Mosaic Pavement

Photograph
1864-1868 (photographed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Photograph of a mosaic pavement found during the excavation of a villa (possibly the Villa of Asinius Pollo, or the private house of the Emperor Hadrian) in the Vigna Guidi, Rome.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
mounted albumen print
Brief Description
Photograph of a mosaic pavement in a Roman villa, from a set commissioned by John Henry Parker, Rome, 1864-1868
Physical Description
Photograph of a mosaic pavement found during the excavation of a villa (possibly the Villa of Asinius Pollo, or the private house of the Emperor Hadrian) in the Vigna Guidi, Rome.
Dimensions
  • Mount height: 26.8cm
  • Mount width: 33cm
  • Photograph height: 18.7cm
  • Photograph width: 24.2cm
Gallery Label
Cast Courts Reinstallation, 27 November 2018 15. FACSIMILE PHOTOGRAPH OF 'Excavations, 1867 - Private House of the Emperor Hadrian or Villa of Asinius Pollio, c. A.D. 120, near the Thermae of Caracalla, in the Vigna Guidi, Mosaic Pavement'. From a set commissioned by John Henry Parker, 1867 Archeologists exploited the documentary potential of photography. From 1864, John Henry Parker, a writer who published The Archaeology of Rome in 1874, commissioned photographers to undertake the first photographic survey of Ancient Roman architecture. He used new technology such as magnesium flash to capture details he wanted recorded. Mosaics were of particular interest to the Museum. They were displayed in this gallery when it first opened and can be seen in the decoration of the floor. REPRODUCED FROM Albumen print Rome, Italy Museum no. 62022 (27 November 2018)
Object history
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.
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Bibliographic References
  • From departmental notes
  • The Archaeology of Rome, by John Henry Parker. Oxford: J. Parker and Co., 1874
Other Number
630 - John Henry Parker catalogue number
Collection
Accession Number
62022

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record createdJuly 14, 2016
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