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25.2 x 19.3 cm
National Galleries of Scotland
Acc. No. PGP 237.39
(Curatorial caption, accessed 23 November 2014)
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.