Rev. Calvert R. Jones (Welsh, 1802-1877)
"Rape of the Sabines (2nd view) Florence" by Giambologna, Spring 1846
Salt print from a partially varnished calotype negative
22.4 x 18.5 cm
Giambologna (1529-1608) completed the statue between 1579 and 1583 for Francesco de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany. Produced in the Mannerist style associated with the Italian High Renaissance, this work is widely considered his masterpiece. It has been in the Loggia dei Lanzi, Piazza della Signoria, Florence, since August 1582. Directly behind the Sabines in Jones's photograph, is Giambologna's sculpture of Hercules and Nessus. The main statue and plinth in the negative were varnished before the print was made leaving surrounding areas unvarnished, and causing the main statue and plinth to appear darker than the background in the print.
In a letter written from Veranda (Swansea) on July 8th, 1946, Jones enclosed an extensive list of "my 2nd series, which I think will in general yield much finer copies than the 1st set, as the negatives have been left a much longer time in the camera." These were of both large and small size and made in various Mediterranean locations between February and May 1846. This print is from negative no. 82 on that list. The letter, LA46-80, is in the collection of the British Library.