John Beasley Greene (American, active France, 1832–1856)
Salted paper print from paper negative
Image: 11 7/16 × 8 15/16 in. (29.1 × 22.7 cm)
Gilman Collection, Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2005
Not on view
A founding member of the Société française de photographie in Paris in 1854, Greene was also a talented Egyptologist. At just twenty-one years old he was inducted into the esteemed Société asiatique, which was devoted to the study of ancient ruins and artifacts. In this composition, alternating passages of light and dark accentuate the forms of three Roman sculptural fragments recently excavated in Algeria. The tableau demonstrates both the surprise of new encounters and the process of methodically ordering and classifying objects.
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Lunn Gallery., October 22, 1980; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 16," March 17, 1997–June 9, 1997.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 68," June 8, 2015–October 5, 2015.
Apraxine, Pierre. Photographs from the Collection of the Gilman Paper Company. Reeds Springs, Mo.: White Oak Press, 1985. pl. 16.