Egypt, The Pyramids and other archaeological sites
With thanks to all the curators, auction houses, galleries and private collectors who have assisted in providing examples.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shatter‘d visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp‘d on these lifeless things,
The hand that mock‘d them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
Artcurial, Bassenge Photography Auctions, Bernard J. Shapero Rare Books, Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Département des Estampes et de la Photographie, Birmingham Central Library, British Library, Brooklyn Museum, Charles Isaacs Photographs - Inc, Charles Nes Photography LLC New York - Paris, Christie's - New York, Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Cleveland Museum of Art, Dennis George Crow, George Eastman House, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, J. Paul Getty Museum, Jefferson Stereoptics, KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs, Lee Gallery, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Musée Départmental Albert Kahn, National Gallery of Canada, National Library of Australia, National Media Museum, Ordinary Light, Paul Frecker, Photoseed, Private collection of Christoph Laubsch, Private collection of Hugh Tifft, Private collection of Jan Weijers (Servatius), Private collection of John Hannavy, Private collection of John Toohey, Private collection of Nigel Maister, Private collection of Peter Spangenberg, Private Collection of Robert G. Hill - Toronto - Ont., Private collection of Thomas Weynants, Royal Photographic Society, Stereographica - Antique Photographica, Swann Galleries - New York, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Vintage-Photos.