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Pompeii About 1855

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
The Roman city of Pompeii was rediscovered in the eighteenth century and, sadly, the initial excavations amounted to little more than looting - many of the sculptures and wall paintings were carried off to private collections. Graham has made a serious study of both famous and lesser buildings. This photograph focuses on a shop, probably selling food, with the containers set into the counter. Here the compatibility between the ancient stone and the coarse calotype process results in a satisfying visual effect.

Glossary Open


The first effective version of photography, using drawing or writing paper for both the negative and the positive. The paper was sensitised with potassium iodide and silver nitrate, exposed and developed in gallic acid and silver nitrate.



  • Acc. No. PGP 237.39
  • Medium Calotype print
  • Size 25.20 x 19.30 cm
  • Credit Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund 1999