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|Dates: ||1805 - 1849 (after)|
Noted for a series of 41 salted paper prints made using the calotype process of the conflicts in Rome during the summer of 1849. This was a tempestuous period in Italian history as democratic Republican forces with Garibaldi and Mazzini battled against the power of the Papacy only to be driven out by French forces. A set of the prints is held by the Biblioteca di storia moderna e contemporanea, Rome.
The Getty Research Istitute (Accession/ID Number 594112) has an 1849 album of forty-one salt prints by Stefano Lecchi, depicting the siege of Rome and its defense by Giuseppe Garibaldi, and ancient Roman monuments. It documents key battles in the movement for national unification known as the Risorgimento.
The photographs of Lecchi were used as the basis for multuple engravings. Vedute dell’assedio di Roma del 1849 [Views of the siege of Rome in 1849] designed by Carl Werner and engraved by Domenico Amici. Ruine della guerra di Roma del 1849. Tratte dal daguerrotipo [Ruins of the Rome war of 1849. Taken from the daguerrotype] images by Berzotti and Badioli and Rovine della guerra di Roma del 1849 [Ruins of the Rome war of 1849] made by Gallassi and published by "lit. Ferrini".
Roberto Caccialanza, 16 March 2017, "Stefano Lecchi, from Milan, Pupil of Daguerre: the Last Biography", European Society for the History of Photography (ESHPh)
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