American & European Works of Art
John Beasley Greene (American, 1832-1856)
Aqueduct of Cherchell, Algeria, 1855-56. Salt print from a waxed paper negative, image/sheet size 9 x 11 7/8 in. (22.8 x 30.0 cm),matted, unframed.
Condition: Slight rippling to l.l. corner, subtle chemical stain or similar u.r., subtle discoloration and with several minor fox marks on the verso.
N.B. John Beasley Greene was a French-born American archaeologist, who studied with the photographer Gustave Le Gray, creating views of Paris, still lifes, and landscapes using the waxed paper negative process. In 1853 at the age of twenty-one, he embarked on an expedition to Egypt and Nubia to photograph the land and document monuments and their inscriptions.
In 1855 Greene, who suffered from poor health, visited Algeria for its favorable climate, at the recommendation of his doctors. There he pursued his interest in landscape photography, photographing such views as this Roman aqueduct. Greene died in Egypt, reportedly in Cairo, in November of 1856, most likely of tuberculosis.
Subtle inconsistencies in area of sky. Fox mark or similar and minor crease at c.l. No additional issues to report.
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