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Figures at the Fountain of Sultan Ahmet III, Istanbul 1850s

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Figures at the Fountain of Sultan Ahmet III, Istanbul 1850s 1850s

Not on display

Robertson had trained as an engraver and this photograph reveals his and Beato's interest in the sculptural qualities of Istanbul's architecture. The albumen process enabled photographers to record minute detail effectively. This picture presents an assortment of ornamental patterns and inscriptions which thoroughly cover the surface of the building. Particularly notable are the wooden shutters on the right and the stucco around the water fountain.

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Albumen print

A print with the chemicals carried in a film of egg white to give a clear, detailed image.


The printmaking technique in which an image is inscribed on a copper plate with a tool that cuts a groove in the surface. This groove holds the ink that creates the print when it is applied to paper. Also refers to the method of making an incision on a material such as glass.

Albumen print, Engraving


  • Acc. No. PGP 183
  • Medium Albumen print
  • Size 30.30 x 26.30 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1989