Triunfo de San Rafael fotografiado in 1861 by Robert P. Napper

The photograph is an albumen print 208 mm x 161 mm mounted on cardboard (the measure is only photo). Is performed on 1861 by Robert P. Napper household Francis Frith & Co. which is the major manufacturer of photographs and postcards of the United Kingdom. This is part of the photographic collection Victorian & Albert London. Particularly notable, at least for a Cordovan, the title that has printed this photograph and put below:

2546 OCTAGON TOWER; CORDOVA Printed along bottom edge of photograph

Obviously it is not showing an octagonal tower, if not the statue of San Rafael near the Puerta del Puente. But actually in Cordoba we an octagonal tower precisely defined and that is the Tower of Malmuerta. This makes me think it is possible that the captions are wrong, and the person who hit err when selecting. This leaves the door open to any clear picture of this tower, which is now defunct, at least I have not found.

Robert P. Napper in the Iberian Peninsula
The Welshman Robert P. Napper traveled in Spain between 1861 and 1864, and for two years and a half, worked as a photographer for Francis Frith in the Iberian Peninsula. Napper devoted special attention to Andalusia, upon which released the album Views in Andalusia. Photographer in South Wales for irreconcilably broke his relationship with Francis Frith towards winter 1863-1864.

In 2003, the University of Navarra Photographic Collection, of the University of Navarra Foundation, acquired a copy of Views in Andalusia composed 43 photographs. The album has proven a key to determine the true authorship of some of the images so far attributed to Francis Frith.

Napper y Frith. A photographic journey through the nineteenth century Iberia mainly meets the Welshman work performed in the Iberian Peninsula, and sample, also, other photographs of Iberia marketed by the company Frith. It also presents the latest photographic work by Napper in Wales, a work full of nostalgia. The exhibition places special emphasis on the individuality of Napper within the company's largest production of wholesale photographs of his time.

The images of human figures deserve special mention Napper, because he was one of the first to be presented in a realistic, and not as romantic visions. His self-taught in this genre could have been a decisive factor in the conflicts that arose between the two photographers. However, Napper's aspirations reflect the importance given to marketing factor, represented by F. Frith and Company, because he wanted to promote their own images of Andalusia, and the Neath Valley, in Wales.

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    Sturgis collection belongs to the property today Washington Public Library. This collection was acquired in 1909 the estate of Russell Sturgis (1836-1909), a prominent American architect. A knowledgeable world traveler, and celebrate public speaker, and prolific writer, Sturgis began collecting photographic prints 1858 to complement its growing collection of architectural issues.
    By selecting only the choicest works of the most acclaimed photographers and photo editors of the time, Sturgis mounted perhaps the most thorough and comprehensive collection of first class of its kind in America.

    Spain. The Ceiling of the Grand Mosque. Max Junghandel, German photographer, born 1861.

    This photograph was selected with other 55 more as the most representative fund to display thousands of images, in this recent exposure:

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