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The Burning of Rome
George Seeley (American, 1880–1955)
Gum bichromate over platinum print
24.6 x 19.6 cm. (9 11/16 x 7 3/4 in.)
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1933
Not on view
From l906 to 1910 Seeley was an active, if somewhat isolated, Fellow of the Photo-Secession—the admired newcomer of the group—who lived with his family in the Berkshires and sent soft-focused photographs of willowy maidens in white to Stieglitz for exhibition and for reproduction in Camera Work. A student of Greek and Roman history, Seeley cajoled his mother into sewing vaguely classical costumes for his tableaux, posed friends and family (his sisters Lillian and Laura in this case), and christened his compositions with titles evocative of literary and historical themes.