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There is frequently confusion between what was taken by Antonio Beato and his brother Felice Beato. Antonio was particularly active in Egypt.

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John Falconer, British Library 
A Biographical Dictionary of 19th Century Photographers in South and South-East Asia

Commercial, India and Egypt
Went to India with his brother Felice Beato. Studio at 37 Cossitollah Street, Calcutta, 1859 (only year listed). Photographer in Cairo from 1862 and Luxor, 1870-c.1900.
‘Mr A. Beato having just arrived from the interior with a collection of portraits of the generals and commanders of the English Army, of various photographic views of Delhi, Lucknow, and Agra, and the different costumes, solicits the favor of an inspection of them at his gallery, No. 37, Cossitollah Street. N.B. - There are also several views of sites in Europe.’[1]
At the 24 March 1859 meeting of the Bengal Photographic Society, there was shown ‘By M. Beato. - His splendid collection of photographs from scenes of the mutiny. These photographs were unfortunately bound up in a book so that but few of the many visitors present had an opportunity of seeing them.’ [2] 

  1. Λ Advertisement in The Englishman of 19 March 1859 (continued until at least 2 April). 
  2. Λ The Englishman, 31 March 1859. 

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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website

Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

• Auer, Michele & Michel 1985 Encyclopedie Internationale Des Photographes de 1839 a Nos Jours / Photographers Encylopaedia International 1839 to the present (Hermance, Editions Camera Obscura) 2 volumes [A classic reference work for biographical information on photographers.] 
• Perez, Nissan N. 1988 Focus East: Early Photography in the Near East 1839-1885 (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.) p.131 [Short biography on Antonio Beato possibly with example plates.] 
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