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Ludwig Belitski 
Fragments of Ornamental Stone Borders and Decoration 
[Minutoli collection] 
1855 (ca) 
Salt print 
7 3/8 x 9 1/8 in (18.8 x 23.1 cm) 
Saint Louis Art Museum 
Courtesy of Saint Louis Art Museum, Museum Purchase, funds given in memory of Halle G. Miller, and the John R. Goodall Charitable Trust, Accession Number: 433:2002 
Place made: Legnica, Poland
This image is among the first photographs on paper ever made in Germany and represents one of the earliest attempts to photograph a museum collection. Ludwig Belitski produced almost 800 photographs, of which this print is one, for a series of albums illustrating the Minutoli collection, which had been gathered to encourage excellence in the industrial arts. The Minutoli collection was subsequently dispersed; Belistki's photographs are all that remain of it. 

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