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George Skene Keith
The Palace of Petra
Engraving, from a daguerreotype
3 1/4 x 4 7/8 in.
The Patrick Montgomery Collection, Object No. 2016.1019
Publication: Alexander Keith, "Evidence of the Truth of the Christian Religion, William Whyte & Co, Edinburgh, 1849
Dr George Skene Keith, a surgeon and elder brother of Scottish photographer Thomas Keith, traveled to Palestine in 1844 with his father, the theologian Alexander Keith, and made what may be among the earliest daguerreotypes taken there. They were later used as the basis for engravings by W. Miller and published in the 36th edition of Alexander Keith's massively popular book "Evidence of the Truth of the Christian Religion" in 1849.