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BEATO, Antoine (d. 1906)
[Large Photographic View of Bas-reliefs of the Temple in Karnak].
Ca. 1890. Unmounted albumen print ca. 26x36 cm (10 ¼ x 14 ¼ in). Signed in negative "A. Beato" on the lower margin. Slightly faded, but overall still very good tonal range. Recently matted, a very good photograph. Rare unmounted albumen print, preserved in very good condition."Established first in Cairo in 1862, at the Rue du Muski, and from 1870 on in Luxor, Antoine Beato was one of Egypt's most prolific photographers. His photographs appear in most of the composite travel albums of the period through the turn of the century and cover all aspects of Egypt: landscapes, architecture, ethnographic images, and genre scenes" (Perez, N. Focus East: Early photography in the Near East, 1839-1885. New York-Jerusalem, 1988, p. 131).