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Frank Good [Attributed to] 
The Sphinx and Large Pyramid 
1870 (ca) 
Albumen print 
6 x 8 in (15x20 cm) 
Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs 
Courtesy of Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs (gd40.643) 
On period mount hand-titled "Sphynx", numbered 643 in the negative.
Early in its history, the photographer Frank Mason Good traveled to the Near East under commission from Francis Frith's firm and produced many of Frith's negatives. The present outstanding view of Sphinx and great pyramid seems to antedate Frith's first expeditions but bears an extremely low negative number in the Frith company catalog, hence the likelihood of Good's authorship. Good was noted for his adherence to the relatively difficult wet-plate collodion negative on aesthetic grounds, even as wet collodion was supplanted by less demanding photographic processes. 

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