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Ricordo di Venezia by Carlo Ponti, 1855-1865

MS. 23051 photogr. 29

Photographically-illustrated book containing 20 photographs, including architectural studies, panoramas, and street scenes in Venice.


  • Creation: 1855-1865


1 item

Language of Materials

  • Italian

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MS. 23051 photogr. 29

Former reference:

Wilson Centre Accession Number: 84:0370; Wilson Centre Accession Number 2: TC 018

Biographical / Historical

Carlos Ponti was born in Switzerland around 1823. He studied photography in Paris in the late-1840s and settled in Venice after 1848. In 1852 he obtained a license to produce and sell photographs. He ran the first of the big photographic businesses in the city, producing albums with architectural views. In 1866, he became the official photographer to King Victor Emanuel II of Italy. He became known as a maker of camera lenses for panoramic photography and was inventor of the megalethoscope.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Unknown provenance

Physical Facet

Gold-toned albumen prints from wet collodion plate negatives

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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