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Felice Beato

British photographer, active in Constantinople, the Mediteranean, Japan, and elsewhere in Asia

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
In 1853 Beato was in Constantinople, Turkey assisting a British Photographer James Robertson. It is believed that the partnership between the two brother-in laws was formed in either 1853 or in 1854 when Robertson opened a studio in the Péra district of Constantinople. Since some of the photographs are signed "Robertson, Beato & Co." it is thought that the "and Co." stands for another brother Antonio Beato. From 1853 to 1856 Beato photographed in Malta and the Mediterranean, Egypt, Palestine and Greece with Robertson. From 1855 to 1856 Beato and Robertson replaced Roger Fenton as photographers of the Crimean War. Beato photographed the Indiam Mutiny in 1857 and also the Siege of Lucknow, India in 1858. In 1860 Beato left the partnership with Robertson to photograph the opium war in China and the signing of the peace treaty between the Mandarins and Britain. In 1862 Beato moved to Yokohama, Japan and in 1865 formed a partnership with artist Charles Wirgman called "Beato & Wirgman Artists and Photographers". From 1869 to 1877 Beato ran his own studio in Yokohama called "F. Beato & Co., Photographers". In 1877, Beato sold most of his stock to the firm Stillfried & Andersen who then moved into his studio. From 1884 to 1885 Beato was the official photographer of the expeditionary forces to the Sudan. In 1886 Beato returned to live in Japan.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500002985.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to Felice Beato:

Felice Beato Medinet Abou, ca. 1870 Albumen print
Felice Beato Philae, ca. 1870 Albumen print
Felice Beato Karnak, ca. 1870 Albumen print
Felice Beato Karnak, Battle Scene, ca. 1870 Albumen print
Felice Beato View of Temple Pylons, ca. 1870 Albumen print
Felice Beato Unidentified Port, ca. 1858 Albumen print
Felice Beato Exterior View of the Hypostyle Hall, Karnak, ca. 1870-1880 Albumen print
Felice Beato Columns in the Hypostyle Hall, Karnak, ca. 1860-1880 Albumen print
Felice Beato Obelisk and Pylons at Luxor, ca. 1860-1880 Albumen print
Felice Beato Untitled [two groups of people under two groups of trees], ca. 1870-1890 Albumen print
Felice Beato Untitled [group with animals under trees, near water], ca. 1870-1890 Albumen print
Felice Beato Untitled, ca. 1870-1890 Albumen print
Felice Beato North Taku Fort (China), After the Capture, ca. 1860 (printed ca. 1880s) Albumen print
Felice Beato Karnak, ca. 1865 Albumen print on board
James Robertson and Felice Beato An Encampment in Crimea, ca. 1855-1856 Salt print photograph
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