Pompey's Column in Alexandria of Egypt, No. 4, Wilhelm Hammerschmidt
Wilhelm Hammerschmidt
Pompey's Column in Alexandria of Egypt, No. 4
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Wilhelm Hammerschmidt

Pompey's Column in Alexandria of Egypt, No. 4, ca. 1860 – 1870


Blatt
31.8 x 23.9 cm
Gesamtmaß
45.8 x 37.8 cm
Physical Description
Albumen print mounted on cardboard
Inventory Number
St.F.568
Acquisition
Ancient holdings. Acquired in the 19th century
Status
Not on display

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The imposing Roman triumphal pillar rises above the Alexandrian countryside. Considering the architectural force exuded by the monument at the centre of the picture, the group of people at its bottom is hardly noticeable – and yet it is indispensable for the composition. The man keeping the two horses serves as a marker of the relative dimensions of the edifice; his garments conform to the European idea of the Orient. In the late 1850s Hammerschmidt settled in Cairo and was among the most popular German photographers in Egypt.

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14.05.2024