Elsewhere in my site I have made public a number of historically valuable photographs: those of Nikhil Banerjee at his June 1985 Dublin concert, or the Oxford 1969 conference on Computers and Number Theory.
There are also many photographs in the Autobiography section of my site.
Below you will find some scanned
photographs (thanks to my colleague Denis Twomey for showing me how to scan)
with brief comments.
Sant' Alvise convent (67KB). I recently visited Sant' Alvise, having read Mary Laven's Virgins of Venice (Penguin Books; "Venice in the sixteenth century was home to over fifty convents...").
My wife and I also visited Burano, where I took these two photos: Burano canal (52KB) and Baldassare Galuppi (35KB). I had hoped to find the house in which Galuppi was born, but nobody in Burano seemed to know...
The Rialto bridge (54KB), Venice, from a bouncy boat.
The plaque (31KB) on Dante's birthplace in Florence. It reads:
. . . IO FVI NATO E CRESCIVTO
From Foresto Niccolai's The Dante Plaques (Florence 1999) I quote:
'Io fui nato e cresciuto
'I was born, and grew up,
Galileo's former home in Florence is not (surprisingly) a museum...; rather it is a private house, with a plaque (46KB), which reads:
QUI OVE ABITI
Some months ago I read Iris Origo's wonderful The Merchant [= Francesco Datini] of Prato (1957; a picture of late 15th century Italian life...). Recently, while in Florence, I went to Prato to see Datini's house. Datini's tomb (48KB), Datini's portrait (35KB), Datini's house (38KB). Other Iris Origo books (I bought her Images and Shadows, and her War in Val d'Orcia, An Italian War Diary 1943-44, while visiting Siena).
Fred Piper retired recently (a substantial paper that I dedicated to Fred is available here). There was a Royal Holloway College (RHC) cake-and-tea party in the college's Picture Gallery on Thurs 22nd Sept 2004 to mark Fred's retirement; I took a number of photos at it, but only one of them (54KB) has come out semi-decently.
While visiting RHC for Fred's
retirement party, I took these photos of departmental photographs: Fred Piper (44KB)
H.G. Eggleston (38KB) W.H.