"Monuments, Paysages, Explorations". John Beasley Greene and his Contemporaries

11 - 30 November 2019
Images
Overview

We are pleased to present a photographic journey that follows in the footsteps of John Beasley Greene and his French contemporaries. The exhibition presents some of the very earliest photographs of the ancient civilisations that span the Mediterranean to the Middle East.

Many years ago I was privileged to visit the Société française de photographie in Paris with the eminent French Photography dealer, the late Gerard Levy. We spent the day look at the earliest material, including Hipployte Bayard and Humbert de Molard, but the real purpose of the visit was to look at the work of John Beasley Greene. It was an unforgettable opportunity to see works I had never seen before, even in reproduction, and an incredible experience comparing Greene's prints with those made from his negatives by Blanquart Everard. Ever since then I have admired Greene's work and am delighted to present this exhibition that contextualises his remarkable vision.

The photographs in this exhibition present crumbling monuments, desert scenes, ancient sculptures, walls and excavations across France, Italy, north Africa and the Middle East by many of the most celebrated pioneers of early photography, among them Edouard Baldus, Maxime du Camp, Louis de Clercq, Girault de Prangey, J. B. Greene, Eugene Le Dien & Gustave Le Gray, Emile Pecarrere, Auguste Salzmann, Felix Teynard and Louis Vignes.

This is our third exhibition to explore the relationship between early photography and antiquity. Our previous exhibitions on this theme were Broken Stones. Ruins and the Picturesque in Vintage Photography, staged in 2012, and Travellers in Antique Lands: Ancient Civilisations in the Light of Photography which was held in 2014.

Works
  • Edouard Baldus, Arennes Arles (Arles. Amphitheatre)
    Edouard Baldus, Arennes Arles (Arles. Amphitheatre)
  • Edouard Baldus, Arles. Amphitheatre
    Edouard Baldus, Arles. Amphitheatre
  • Edouard Baldus, Nimes. Amphiteatre, 1860
    Edouard Baldus, Nimes. Amphiteatre, 1860
  • Edouard Baldus, Orange. Theatre Antique
    Edouard Baldus, Orange. Theatre Antique
  • Edouard Baldus, Orange. Theatre Antique
    Edouard Baldus, Orange. Theatre Antique
  • Edouard Baldus, Pont du Gard
    Edouard Baldus, Pont du Gard
  • Maxime Du Camp, Nubie. Ibsamboul. Partie Serpentrionale du Speos d'Hathor
    Maxime Du Camp, Nubie. Ibsamboul. Partie Serpentrionale du Speos d'Hathor
  • Maxime Du Camp, Nubie. Ibsamboul. Partie Serpentrionale du Speos d'Hathor
    Maxime Du Camp, Nubie. Ibsamboul. Partie Serpentrionale du Speos d'Hathor
  • Louis De Clercq, Denderah, Southern Facade, Egypt, 1860
    Louis De Clercq, Denderah, Southern Facade, Egypt, 1860
  • Louis De Clercq, Djebail, Soubassements Pheniciens, France
    Louis De Clercq, Djebail, Soubassements Pheniciens, France
  • Eugene Le Dien And Gustave Le Gray, Pompei: Maison de Meleagre, 1853
    Eugene Le Dien And Gustave Le Gray, Pompei: Maison de Meleagre, 1853
  • Eugene Le Dien And Gustave Le Gray, Pompeii: maison du Faune ou la Grande mosaique, 1853
    Eugene Le Dien And Gustave Le Gray, Pompeii: maison du Faune ou la Grande mosaique, 1853
  • Gustave Le Gray, Dendura
    Gustave Le Gray, Dendura
  • John Beasley Greene, Constantine IV, 1855
    John Beasley Greene, Constantine IV, 1855
  • John Beasley Greene, Luxor, Historic Sculptures of Pylone, Right Colossus, 1854
    John Beasley Greene, Luxor, Historic Sculptures of Pylone, Right Colossus, 1854
  • John Beasley Greene, Voyage dans la Haute Egypte et la Nubie, Karnak, 1854
    John Beasley Greene, Voyage dans la Haute Egypte et la Nubie, Karnak, 1854
  • Joseph-Philibert Girault De Prangey, Arc de Septime Severe. Details, Rome, 1842
    Joseph-Philibert Girault De Prangey, Arc de Septime Severe. Details, Rome, 1842
  • Auguste Salzmann, Jerusalem, Enceinte du Temple, Porte herodienne, 1854
    Auguste Salzmann, Jerusalem, Enceinte du Temple, Porte herodienne, 1854
  • Auguste Salzmann, Jerusalem, The temple enclosure with Three Romanesque Doors, 1854
    Auguste Salzmann, Jerusalem, The temple enclosure with Three Romanesque Doors, 1854
  • Henri Jean-Louis Le Secq, Bas-relief, Les Filles de Niobé
    Henri Jean-Louis Le Secq, Bas-relief, Les Filles de Niobé
  • Felix Teynard, Karnak (Thebes) (Cour du palais, vue prise du point I)
    Felix Teynard, Karnak (Thebes) (Cour du palais, vue prise du point I)
  • Louis Vignes, Palmyra, Syria, 1864
    Louis Vignes, Palmyra, Syria, 1864
  • Louis Vignes, Syria
    Louis Vignes, Syria
  • Louis Vignes, Syria
    Louis Vignes, Syria