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James Graham 
Pompeii 
1855 (ca) 
  
Calotype 
25.2 x 19.3 cm 
  
National Galleries of Scotland 
Acc. No. PGP 237.39 
  
 
LL/56772 
  
(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. 
 

 
  
 
  
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