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Part of the attraction of mid-19th-century photographs lies in their high technical quality. Details can be enlarged with very little loss of clarity, often revealing a hitherto unseen vivaciousness. This is particularly true in the Beato albums. Here is a selection of details from 20 of Beato’s photos of places visited by tourists, together with the captions that accompanied them. Viewers may wish to create their own gallery of details from some of the other photos.
Beato album courtesy of Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College Museum of Art

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