Eternal City 

Rome in the Photographs Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects

Rome as ‘eternal city’ has long existed in the British imagination and has represented a rich source of inspiration for artists through the centuries. Once an essential stop of the Grand Tour itinerary in the 17th and 18th centuries, the city became from the mid-19th century an international hub for photographers, ready to train their cameras on the monumental ruins and renowned historical buildings. Since then Rome has been captured on film through many different approaches, some of them influenced by older visual arts such as painting, by cinema, social documentary, photojournalism and street photography. This variety of ‘visions’ were at the core of the exhibition Eternal City: Rome in the Photographs Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects, which ran at the Vittoriano in Rome from 28 June to 28 October 2018.

The catalogue for the exhibition is available to purchase here.

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RIBA125804Design for a poster for the Central Liquor Control Board entitled 'The Early Bird Catches the Worm' to decorate a pub or canteen, possibly in the Carlisle area

 
RIBA125805Presentation drawings for the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool: cross section

 
RIBA125806Presentation drawings for the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool: ground floor plan


RIBA125807Designs for the Henbury Rotunda, Henbury, for Sebastian de Ferranti: preliminary axonometric cutaway

 
RIBA125808Designs for the Henbury Rotunda, Henbury, for Sebastian de Ferranti: decorative details

 
RIBA125809Designs for the Henbury Rotunda, Henbury, for Sebastian de Ferranti: working drawing for dome and lantern


RIBA125810Designs for the Henbury Rotunda, Henbury, for Sebastian de Ferranti: lantern details

 
RIBA125811Designs for the Henbury Rotunda, Henbury, for Sebastian de Ferranti: axonometric cutaway

 
RIBA125812Designs for the Henbury Rotunda, Henbury, for Sebastian de Ferranti: presentation drawing showing plans, elevation and sections (C)


RIBA125813Designs for the Henbury Rotunda, Henbury, for Sebastian de Ferranti: presentation drawing showing plans, elevation and sections (A)

 
RIBA125814Designs for the Henbury Rotunda, Henbury, for Sebastian de Ferranti: presentation drawing showing plans, elevation and sections (B)

 
RIBA125815Design for completing William Wilkin's facade of the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London: plan and elevations


RIBA125816Designs for interior decoration of 44 Belgrave Square, Belgravia, London, for the Honourable Percy Wyndham: elevation of entrance hall wall in dark red and black with a grey frieze; (right) plan of entrance hall ceiling, in grey

 
RIBA125817Designs for the interior decoration of 29 Chesham Place, London, for Sir Sydney Hedley Waterlow, Bt: elevation of the drawing room wall with entrance doors to the conservatory either side of a niche

 
RIBA125818Designs for the interior decoration of 9 Chesterfield Gardens, London, for Henry, Lord Leconfield: two designs for the dining room walls


RIBA125819Designs for the interior decoration of the addition to Lythe Hill, Haslemere, Surrey, for James Stewart Hodgson Esq.: plan and section of the billiard room ceiling

 
RIBA125820Designs for the interior decoration of 52 Prince's Gate, London, for Thomas Eustace Smith, Esq.: plan of dining room ceiling

 
RIBA125821Design for the staircase, Wildernesse House, Seal, near Sevenoaks, Kent, for Lady Louisa Mills: section


RIBA125822Design for the interior decoration of 15 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London, for F Lehmann, Esq: elevation of a wall of the Green Drawing Room

 
RIBA125823Design for the interior decoration of 15 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London, for F Lehmann, Esq: elevation of a wall in a second floor dressing room

 
RIBA125824Design for the interior decoration of 15 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London, for F Lehmann, Esq: plan and elevation of the ceiling in small drawing room


RIBA125825Designs for the drawing room & dining room, No. 22 Prince's Gate, London, for H. S. Keating: elevation of wall in the drawing room with two doorways, in blue and gold

 
RIBA125826Designs for the drawing room & dining room, No. 22 Prince's Gate, London, for H. S. Keating: elevation of wall in the dining room with one doorway, in dark red, black and pink

 
RIBA125827Designs for the interior decoration of 1 Grosvenor Crescent, London, for Sir Wilfrid Lawson M.P.: elevation of dining room wall with three doorways, in green & brown