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Robert Howlett 
Leviathan (The Great Eastern), Side View of Hull 
1857 (ca) 
  
Albumen silver print 
11 1/4 x 14 1/8 ins 
  
George Eastman Museum 
 
LL/33159 
  
In this composition the bulk of the vessel is cut off and the camera is positioned upward so that the hull towers over us. Backlighting causes the two figures on the bow to almost vaporize, giving the sensation that the humans are inconsequential. Howlett's tight framing utilizes the edges of the frame, leaving the impression that the ship goes on indefinitely. 
 

 
  
 
  
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