A group of approximately 50 albumen prints, circa 1860s/1880s, mostly buildings and views including many in Athens, plus Rome, Venice, Paestum, Sicily, etc. was sold today at Dominic Winter, Cirencester. Lot 286 sold for £220.
Lot 287 in the same auction saw an album of 60 collotypes from photographs by Rhomaides sell for £100. The photographs of Athens, circa 1900s, include city views and statues, all numbered and titled in the negative. The images are described to measure mostly 22 x 29cm, mounted back to back on thick card leaves, within a contemporary half morocco gilt with good quality red morocco reback.
Greek photographers Konstantinos (d. 1900) and Aristotelis Rhomaides (d. 1916) were known variously as Rhomaides frères, the Rhomaides Brothers, and the Rhomaidae, although they sometimes signed their work as individuals. They are known for their photographs of classical sites in Greece. Source: From the finding aid for C0986, Princeton University.
The Rhomaides Brothers (Konstantinos and Aristotelis) originally from Bucharest, opened a studio in Ioannina and subsequently settled in Patras. In 1875 they undertook the photographing of the excavations at Olympia carried out by the German Archaeological Institute. This collaboration led to their specialising in archaeological photography, which is why they were employed almost exclusively by most of the archaeological schools operating in Greece at that time. They established themselves in Athens in 1876 while retaining, at the same time, their studio in Patras. The Rhomaides Brothers also won fame as portrait photographers, recording for posterity many of the prominent people of their time. Well-known photographers, such as Ioannis Xanthakis and Antonis Milionis, received their training in their studio. [pg 619]