Large 19th Century Photograph of a Venice Canal under the Bridge of Sighs
Item Number: 13933
Original 19th Century photograph showing a venice canal with a bridge reflecting into the water and gondolas docked to the side. The photograph is very large, measuring 10-1/2"x14" and mounted on heavy cardboard to an overall size of 14"x20". The Ponte dei Sospiri (or "Bridge of Sighs) which is the focal point of this photograph is an enclosed bridge passing over the Rio di Palazzo which connects the prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace. The bridge got its name because the view through the narrow stone-barred windows was the last sight of Venice convicts got to see before being led to their imprisonment. Catalogue numbered in the lower left hand corner within the photo "9. Venezia/ Ponte dei Sospiri." Another image of the same size and condition is on the verso, labeled within the photo "38. Venezia/Palazzo Ducale." Moderate staining and warping to cardboard, but photograph itself is in fine condition.