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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
James Robertson was one of the first prominent traveller-photographers to depict scenes of mid-nineteenth century Greece. Of Scottish descent, he has been identified as the engraver James Robertson, who worked in London around 1830. He first settled in Constantinople in 1841, where he spent forty years of his life working as a master engraver in the imperial mint. His photography career began in the early 1850's when he opened a photographer's studio in Peran, the European district of Constantinople. His photographs, which were immediately popular among the art lovers of his period, appeared in international exhibitions in Paris and London and were frequently reproduced in the leading periodical "The London Illustrated News". He died in 1888 in Yokohama. Robertson earned his place in the history of photography with his coverage of the Crimean war, and with his photographs of Constantinople and other historical Mediterranean sites, such as Athens, Malta, Damascus, Egypt and the Holy Land. A close study of his work in Athens reveals that he first visited the city in 1853-1854 and probably returned later with Felice Beato, another renowned, somewhat younger, photographer. The monuments of the Acropolis (Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon, Erechtheum) and the city of Athens (Temple of Olympian Zeus, Tower of the Winds, Gate of Athena Archegetis, Lysicrates Monument) as well as the Temples of Poseidon in Sounion, Aphaia on the island of Aegina, and Apollo in Corinth were magnificently portrayed by his camera while contemporary Athens was only infrequently depicted or used as a setting for its ancient remains. Although he rarely photographed people in his early work, in later work he handled them with consummate skill as a means of alleviating the monotony of ancient ruins and as an allusion to contemporary paintings. (http://www.benaki.gr/index.asp?id=1020101&lang=en) Consists of an open collection of photographs of Robertson.
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Box b-001845, Folder 4
frattis auctions
Consists of a photograph album containing 14 enlarged mounted post cards of depicting several classical sites of Athens, historical buildings and views of the city. Included are images of the Parthenon, the Acropolis, the Erechtheum, the Propylaea, the porch of Karyatides, a panoramic view of the city of Athens with Lycabetus Hill, the Areopagus, the Panathēnaiko Stadio, the Kerameikos, the prison of Socrates, and one image of a female traditional Greek costume. All of the images bear a title on the print in white ink both in Greek and in English; a few are numbered. Album is bound in paper with title in silver color.
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Box p-000185
Rhomaïdès frères
Consists of a photograph album (38 x 27,5 cm) containing 16 mounted photographs by Aristeides Rhomaides; titles in the lower margin in French and the indication "Pinacotheque Hellenique" in the upper. Includes two general views of the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Erechtheum, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Arch of Hadrian, the Theatre of Dionysus, the Pnyx, and the Olympieion. Photographs are numbered on the lower left corner and measure 21 x 28,5 cm. Album in bound in red fabric over hard boards. Gold-embossed cover title "Athènes Antique, Pinacotheque Hellenique, Collections A. Rhomaides."