Paul Frecker
Fine Photographs


The Rio di Santa Marina in Venice, c. 1880
Fratelli Alinari

An unmounted albumen print showing gondoliers passing along the Rio di Santa Maria in Venice. 

Photographed by Fratelli Alinari of Florence [Firenze].

Founded by Leopoldo Alinari in 1852 — he was joined two years later by his brothers Giuseppe and Romualdo  — the studio specialised in topographical views of Italy, particularly its monuments and architecture, though regular portrait photography was also available. The studio is still in existence today; its archives house over 5.5 million photographs. 

Signed, numbered ‘12865’ and captioned ‘VENEZIA - Rio di Santa Maria vista dal Ponte dell’Erbe’ in a narrow white border along its lower edge. 

Condition: the print presents a loss of tone at the tip of its upper right-hand corner but is otherwise in excellent condition, with very good tonal range.

Dimensions: the print measures 9.9” by 7.5” (25.1 cm by 19.1 cm) including the border at its lower edge. 

price:  £90
code: cat013
Venezia, Venice, Fratelli Alinari, Alinari, gondolier, gondoliers