One of Le Dien and Le Gray's exceptionally rare photographs depicting the environs of Rome.
Little is known about the collaboration between Gustave Le Gray and Eugene Le Dien, one of his pupils. Only in recent years when a number of works appeared on the market with a blind stamp of Le Dien and Gustave Le Gray did their collaboration emerge and a number of works that were previously anonymous or attributed to other artists, including Caneva, could be securely ascribed to them. However, the nature of their partnership is still unknown. The joint credit may denote a shared visit to Italy, from where all the known pictures, originate. However, whilst there is evidence for Le Dien's visit, there is no proof that Le Gray was also there. An alternative suggestions is that Le Dien, having trained with le Gray, visited Italy, used his teachers process and upon his return had Le Gray or members of his atelier print the works. It has been further speculated that this may have led to the suggestion of a joint publishing venture, hence the shared credit on the blind stamp. Prints by Le Dien and Le Gray are exceptionally rare, especially those of the South of Italy that includes Naples and Pompeii. There are also prints of Rome. The main holdings are in the BNF in Paris which has an album of photographs of Le Dien's travels.
It appears that Le Dien often took more than one view of a subject, using closely variant viewpoints and exposures. A closely-related view of the present work is in the inventory of Hans P Kraus, New York.