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James Anderson
Nationality: 
scottish
Gender: 
Male
Birth Date: 
1813
Birth Place: 
Blencam, Cumbria
Death Date: 
1877
Death Place: 
Rome, Italy
(b Blencarn, Cumb. [now Cumbria], 11 March 1813; d Rome, 27 Feb 1877). English photographer, active in Italy. Born Isaac Atkinson, he went to Paris as a young man to study painting, and in 1838 he went to Rome, where he adopted the names William Nugent Dunbar and later James Anderson, and where he participated in the annual exhibition of the Società degli Amatori e Cultori delle Belle Arti. By 1849 he was established as a photographer of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture and views of Rome, all for the tourist market. In 1859 he published his first album of photographic prints. Later he turned more exclusively to reproducing famous works of art. The business was continued into the 20th century by his eldest son, Domenico Anderson, and into the 1950s by the third generation of the family. In the 1960s Anderson’s prints and negatives became part of the great art-historical archive in Florence.