One of the very first vertical panoramas made by Girault de Prangey and certainly one of the most perfect. Only one other exists in the archive with a lower reference number.
This great column, commemorating the victories of the Roman emperor Trajan, was erected in the Roman Forum in AD 113, and is one of the finest and most original examples of Roman art. The action-packed narrative of Trajan's campaigns against the Dacians is carved in low relief, spiralling upwards in a continuous band for 215 yards.
This is the only photograph of Trajan's column in the archive and none is recorded in either the collection of the Bibliothèque nationale de France or the Gernsheim Collection.