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MARC FERREZ (1843-1923) Suite of 22 photographs of Rio de Janeiro and its environs by Brazil's preeminent 19th-century photographer. With 18 medium-format views and 4 sweeping panoramas. Including 7 scenes of the city's lush vegetation and topography. Albumen prints, the images measuring 8 3/4x6 1/4 to 6 1/2x13 1/2 inches (22.2x15.9 to 16.5x34.3 cm.), and the reverse, 18 on the original mounts 9 1/4x12 1/2 inches (23.5x31.8 cm.), the 4 panoramas are unmounted, 14 with Ferrez's signature in the negative and each with a printed caption, in French, also in the negative; the mounted prints with a caption, in ink, on mount recto and 17 with a numeric notation on mount verso. Circa 1870
The 4 panoramas include: La Gloire, de Santa Thereza La Gloire de Santa Thereza (variant) Les Docks et Arsenal Botafogo - a vol d'oiseau. The other titles include: La Gloire, du quai Eglise da Cruz Militar et Rue 1 de Marco Largo da Carioca La Poste et Rue 1 de Marco Petropolis, Sur La Route du Retiro Rio de Janeiro, Les Docks et L'Arsenal St. Therese, vue du Castello Vue Topographique de Botafogo Jardin Botanique (Le lac) Jardin Botanique, allee de Manguiers Jardin Botanique, Les Bombous Manguier Tijuca petite cascade Tijuca Boa Vista Le Corcovado do largo dos Leces Botafogo Jardin Botanique, Allee des Palmier Cafeier.
Marc Ferrez, who was born in to a family of artists, lived briefly in Paris, where he received his artistic education. He returned to Rio de Janeiro in the early 1860s, and started a practice as a landscape photographer. His family connections led him to Emperor Dom Pedro II of Brazil, himself an amateur photographer, who commissioned Ferrez to develop projects that recorded Rio and its environs.
After a fire destroyed Ferrez's studio in the 1870s, he regrouped to focus on rural landscapes and images of workers. Using a special camera, he became an accomplished panoramic photographer, shooting 180-degree bird's-eye views of Rio, a beautifully situated city. By the 1870s, his work was renowned and the subject of exhibitions in the United States and Europe.