Antique Print, Antonio Beato: The Island of Philae


Antique Print, Antonio Beato: The Island of Philae

An original antique albumen photographic print of the temples on the Island of Philae, Upper Egypt, taken by the pioneering photographer, Antonio Beato.

Antique albumen photographic print, ca. 1860's.
Height of image: 8 in.

Antonio Beato (ca.1825 -1903), was an early Italian photographer, noted for his views of the architecture and landscapes of Egypt which are among the earliest photographic records of many ancient sites. Beato went to Cairo in 1860 where he spent two years before moving to Luxor where he opened a photographic studio in 1862 and remained until his death. His photographs constitute an extremely valuable record of monuments that have since been defaced or destroyed.

cf.: Dawson & Uphill, Who Was Who in Egyptology, (Oxford, 1972) p. 22.

Beginning with damming in 1902, Philae was almost completely submerged. By 1960, Philae's temple complex was moved, piece by piece, to Agilkai, 550 meters away, where it was reassembled and remains today.

Inv#: 2857


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