Lot of Two Photographs of Egypt by Beato, Printed Circa 1880s
Item Number: 13969
2 photographs of Ramesis Statue,and Large Monument,.Printed Circa 1880s , on 2 large albumen prints. 8-1/2"x10" mounted on recto and verso of one 10"x10" board. First image is signed on photograph in ink "A. Beato." Second image appears to have been signed in negative "A. Beato" Cockling to mount, some surface scratching on both photographs. Upper corner of mount bent, not affecting any image.
Because of the existence of a number of photographs signed "Felice Antonio Beato" and "Felice A. Beato", it was long assumed that there was one photographer who somehow managed to photograph at the same time in places as distant as Egypt and Japan. But in 1983 it was shown by Italo Zannier (Bennett 1996, 38) that "Felice Antonio Beato" represented two brothers, Felice Beato and Antonio Beato, who sometimes worked together, sharing a signature. The confusion arising from the signatures continues to cause problems in identifying which of the two photographers was the creator of a given image.
Antonio Beato went to Cairo in 1860 where he spent two years before moving to Luxor where he opened a photographic studio in 1862 and began producing tourist images of the people and architectural sites of the area. In the late 1860s, Beato was in partnership with Hippolyte Arnoux.