Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Hill Collection: Architectural Photography in the 19th Century

Giacomo Brogi
Milano, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
1870 (ca)

Albumen print from glass plate negative
25 x 19 cm (image)

Private Collection of Robert G. Hill, Toronto, Ont. - Acc: 584

To develop a significant collection requires knowledge, a desire to learn and passion. By concentrating on a single theme, period or technique the collection is honed and this is what Toronto-based architect, architectural historian and architectural photographer Robert G. Hill has achieved. His collection of over 1,000 prints from the mid-19th century is over 90% albumen prints and focuses exclusively on architecture.

The collection includes works by the masters of 19th century architectural photography including the Alinari Brothers, Gioacchino Altobelli, James Anderson, Edouard Baldus,Antoine Beato, Henri Bechard, Francis Bedford, Auguste R. Bisson, Felix Bonfils, Samuel Bourne, Adolphe Braun, Domenico Bresolin, Giacomo Brogi, Charles Clifford, Pietro Dovizielli, Roger Fenton, Francis Frith, Juan Laurent, Robert Macpherson, Charles Marville, Carlo Naya, Etienne Neurdien (ND), Antonio Perini, Carlo Ponti, Pompeo Pozzi, Achille Quinet, James Robertson, Pascal Sebah, Giorgio Sommer, Charles Soulier, James Valentine and George W. Wilson.

I'd like to thank Robert G. Hill for his patience and enthusiasm in sharing these prints from his remarkable collection. As Robert wrote in an email "I hope this generates some interest in the subject of architectural photography." - I'm sure it will given these examples.

There is an online exhibition on Luminous-Lint.

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