The approach to Philae, 1857
Scope and Contents
232 x 156 mm. A superb landscape showing the rounded forms of granite boulders in the foreground, the Nile beyond the buildings of Philae on the island in the background. Frith himself was well aware of the success of this viewpoint: 'This is one of the few views which a photograph can render without, perhaps, greatly distracting from its artistic frame. Everybody has sketched it - many clever artists have painted it - Murray has engraved it for his 'Guide', and now, in these later days, the sun himself condescends to pigmify it, and pop it bodily into the box which your artist provides. And it is a view which can bear all this treatment - this freedom of travellers - this robbery - above all, this unflattering mechanical picture-making, without loss of beauty or interest.'
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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Good condition, apart form water staining along one edge.
Existence and Location of Copies
Frith, Francis, 1822-1898, photographer
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