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Palace of the Governor, Uxmal, Mexico

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The adventurer Désiré Charnay was inspired to photograph Mayan ruins in Mexico by Frederick Catherwood's daguerreotypes from his 1841 exploration of the Yucatán with John Lloyd Stephens . Charnay wrote of the difficulties of using the wet plate process in the intense heat at Uxmal: either...

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Inscription

LL, in ink: Charnay, photogr./Pl. 47./Gide, editeur, Paris/Palais du Gouverneur, A Uxmal./Detail de la porte principale. Verso, in left margin, in graphite: 6000 U.S. [...] (indecipherable).

Provenance

Robert Hershkowitz Ltd., Sussex, England; from whom purchased by MFA, June 2000.

Credit Line

Charles Amos Cummings Fund

1860

Dimensions

Image: 43.5 x 33.1 cm (17 1/8 x 13 1/16 in.) Sheet: 70.4 x 53.9 cm (27 11/16 x 21 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2000.660

Medium or Technique

Photograph, albumen print from wet-collordion-on-glass negative

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