Theatre of Marcellus, Rome,

circa 1860

Albumen print, 16⅝ x 12½ inches (42.2 x 31.9 cm.), numbered 93 in the negative, on the original mount, titled in manuscript in French on verso.

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Another print from the same negative is in the collection of the Musée d’Orsay.

The British photographer James Anderson was born Isaac Atkinson and changed his name twice, first to William Nugent Dunbar and then to Anderson after settling in Rome in 1838. He studied painting in Paris but is already described as a photographer in his entry in the register of the Caffé Greco, Rome, in 1845. He used calotype negatives for his early work but is now better-known for his large architectural photographs made using albumen-on-glass or wet collodion negatives. He exhibited between 1855 and 1860 in Glasgow, Edinburgh, London and Manchester. His work is rarely signed, but can be identified by the numbering of his negatives. His son, Domenico, worked with him from 1870 and the family firm continued to thrive.

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