Antonio Beato (c.1825 - 1906)
Antonio Beato, also known as Antoine Beato, was a British and Italian photographer. He is noted for his genre works, portraits, and views of the architecture and landscapes of Egypt and the other locations in the Mediterranean region. He was the brother of photographer Felice Beato (born 1833 or 1834, died c.1907), with whom he sometimes worked.
Little is known of Antonio Beato's origins but he was probably born in Venetian territory about 1825, and later became a naturalized British citizen. There is strong evidence that his brother, at least, was born in Corfu, which had been a Venetian possession until 1814 when it was acquired by Britain.
In late 1854 or early 1855 James Robertson married the Beato brothers' sister, Leonilda Maria Matilda Beato. They had three daughters, Catherine Grace (born in 1856), Edith Marcon Vergence (born in 1859) and Helen Beatruc (born in 1861).
In July 1858 Antonio joined Felice in Calcutta. Felice had been in India since the beginning of the year photographing the aftermath of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Antonio also photographed in India until December 1859 when he left Calcutta, probably for health reasons, and headed for Malta by way of Suez.
Antonio Beato went to Cairo in 1860 where he spent two years before moving to Luxor where he opened a photographic studio in 1862 and began producing tourist images of the people and architectural sites of the area. In the late 1860s, Beato was in partnership with Hippolyte Arnoux.
Antonio Beato died in Luxor in 1906. His widow published a notice of his death while offering house and equipment for sale.