Item 2017.010.14.005 - Steroscopic Albumen Print of St. Basil's Cathedral

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Steroscopic Albumen Print of St. Basil's Cathedral

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  • [1815-1950?] (Creation)

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1 stereoscopic photograph : albumen print ; 8.9 x 17.4 cm (mount) ; 7.5 x 14 (images)

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Item consists of 1 albumen print. Print depicts St. Basil's Cathedral, showing three main towers and a smaller one, with a large one in the middle and the two-story cathedral closer to the ground. The ground and roof of the building is covered in snow.

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The collection was collected by the late Dr. Martin J. Bass and Gail Silverman Bass and donated to the Ryerson University Library and Archives by Gail Bass in 2018.


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The cathedral was originally constructed in 1555, under the orders of Tsar Ivan IV, nicknamed Ivan the Terrible, to celebrate his victory in the Russo-Kazan Wars, particularily the siege of Kazan and the cathedral’s name was derived from of a Russian Orthodox saint called Vasily (Basil) the Blessed.

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Handwritten on back says Church of the (ineligible) Moscow; Also has a second inscription in another language: Eglise des Guannas Moscow(?)

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