In the Gorge at Tivoli

PhotographerG.R. Ballance


MediumPlatinum with hand-coloring


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Color photograph, Italy, Landscape, Waterfalls


Image Dimensions: 10.7 x 14.5 | 12.5 x 16.0 cm possibly a gelatin-silver print
Support Dimensions: none

Geoffrey Roland Ballance: 1874-1934


Dating to 1908 or before, “In the Gorge at Tivoli” was published as a full-page halftone in the August, 1908 issue of the Photo-Era magazine of Boston. (1.) The image shows a waterfall in the steep gorge located north of Tivoli, in Italy. The gorge is known locally as the Valle d’Inferno (Valley of Hell). This example, with hand-coloring, was printed by Ballance sometime between 1924, when he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and living in Menton, France, and 1930, when he had moved to Dunbartonshire in Scotland.


print notes verso: Engraved: No. 19.H. IN THE GORGE AT TIVOLI., along with black handstamp: G.R. Ballance F.R.P.S.   Menton. On print recto: crude hand-coloring; staining to margins.


See: “The Work of G.R. Ballance” by Phil R. Riley in the August, 1908 issue of the Photo-Era. (p. 53)


1. This work also published as the cover illustration for the September, 1911 of the Photo-Era magazine of Boston.

In the Gorge at Tivoli