This magical early Russian picture of St. Basil’s is the work of Scherer & Nabholz, Swiss photographers who had set up shop in Moscow by the late 1850s and remained the principal purveyors of Russian topographic views throughout the 19th century. Here, the position, lighting, masking, and vignetting make the cathedral appear isolated, like some tabletop confection, and give it an appearance similar to a topographic lithograph or aquatint in which the artist’s hand might be suspected of exaggeration.

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Scherer & Nabholz, active late 19th century , Moscow
Saint Basil's Cathedral, Moscow
c. 1860
Salted paper print with varnish from glass negative
Image: 13 1/2 × 11 1/16 in. (34.3 × 28.1 cm) Sheet: 13 1/2 × 11 1/16 in. (34.3 × 28.1 cm) Mount: 23 1/16 × 17 11/16 in. (58.6 × 44.9 cm) Mat: 24 × 20 1/8 in. (61 × 51.1 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by Harry M. Reasoner in honor of Macey Reasoner at "One Great Night in November, 2015"

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number

Robert Hershkowitz, Sussex, England; Vintage Works, Chalfont, PA; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, 2015