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Anderson, James

    Image Credit: National Galleries Scotland

    Full Name: Anderson, James

    Other Names:

    • Giacomo Anderson

    Gender: male

    Date Born: unknown

    Date Died: 1878

    Home Country/ies: United Kingdom

    Subject Area(s): archives, documentary (general concept), documentary photographs, documentary photography, photo archives, photographs, and visual resources collections


    Photo-documentarian, founder of the Anderson photoarchive. Born Isaac Atkinson, Anderson was raised in Cumberland, England and settled in Rome in 1838. His intention was to be a painter and, under the signature Nugent Dunbar, submitted several works to the exhibition of the Select Society, London, in 1839. In addition to his paintings and watercolors, he periodically sent back drawings for British newspapers. He switched to photography in 1853 after experimenting with the medium for a number of years. Changing his name to Giacomo Anderson, he set up shop in the Piazza Spagna where his principle livelihood was photographing sculpture for artists. Anderson’s interest, however, was in photographing classical antiquities and renaissance sculpture. His son, Domenico, succeeded his father after his death and greatly enlarged the collection, changing the business to principally an archive of photographic negatives of historic art work.


    “Photographs” (Letter from Italy). Burlington Magzine 79 (May 1964):427-8.


    "Anderson, James." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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