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Macpherson, Robert, 1815 or 1816-1872, photographer.
Photograph album of scenes in Rome.
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Title stamped in gold on front cover: Roma
Rome, circa 1865?
Physical Description:
59 photographic prints in 1 album : albumen prints, from wet collodion negatives ; 33 x 41 cm or smaller, in volume 48 x 64 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio C 2019 1
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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The Scottish painter and photographer Robert Macpherson (ca. 1815-1872) was active at Rome from about 1840 until his death. In the early 1850s he turned to photography, specializing in large format images depicting Roman architecture, monuments, and artwork. Much of his photographic work was produced for the tourist trade, for which he was a leading practitioner.
Between 1858 and 1871, Macpherson published at least six different catalogs (or price lists) of his photographs of Rome, under the title "Macpherson's photographs." The number of works listed steadily increased: 163 in 1858; 187 in 1859; 305 in 1863; 312 in 1865; 379 in 1868; and 420 in 1871, though the last of these includes blank entries (perhaps for photographs no longer available). The 1858 and 1871 lists are reproduced in: Becchetti, Piero. Robert Macpherson, un inglese fotografo a Roma (Roma: Quasar, 1987). The head of the 1871 list specifies: "The photographs named in this list are of one uniform price, namely 3 francs each." At the end of the list, Macpherson notes: "N.B. Mr. Macpherson finds it necessary to state that all his photographs are stamped with his name on the mounting-board; and also that they are not exposed nor to be had any of the shops, and are only sold at his Studio n. 12 Vicolo d'Alibert, via del Babuino, near the Piazza di Spagna."
In the present album, 24 photographs are on a mount (leaf) bearing Macpherson's embossed stamps, with his image number written in graphite. The remaining photographs are unsigned. Some may be James Anderson (1813-1877).
Bound in half vellum and blue cloth, stamped in gold.
With the bookplate of the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry, Library (Reference).
In the contents note, photograph titles are transcribed as they appear in captions written in ink on the mounts (leaves of the album). Macpherson numbers (within his blind stamp) are transcribed in parentheses.
[Leaf 1] Castle of St. Angelo & bridge (no. 342) -- [2] View of St. Peter's -- [3] View of Rome (no. 233) -- [4] Colosseum -- [5] Colosseum, interior -- [6] Colosseum & Arch of Constantine (no. 31) -- [7] Forum Romanum: Temple of Vespasian, Temple of Saturn, Temple of Castor & Pollux (no. 338) -- [8] Pantheon -- [9] Castle of St. Angelo -- [10] Porta S. Paola & Pyramid of Cestius -- [11] Equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius -- [12] Facade of St. Peter's -- [13] Facade of St. Peter's (no. 104) -- [14] Interior of St. Peter's -- [15] St. Peter's, loggia -- [16] St. Peter's [holy water font] -- [17] St. Peter's, Tomb of Clement XII -- [18] Church of St. Paul's (S. Paolo Fuori le Mura), interior -- [19] Church of Trinità dei Monti (erected 1495), The Scala di Spagna (constructed 1721-25) -- [20] Forum Romanum: Temple of Saturn, Temple of Vespasian (no. 309) -- [21] Temple of Hercules (known for a long time as the Temple of Vesta) (no. 17) -- [22] Temple of Faustina (no. 168) -- [23] Pantheon (no. 236) -- [24] Temple of Fortuna Virilis (no. 47) -- [25] Temple of Mars Ultor (Forum of Augustus), Gate: Arco dei Pantani (no. 238) -- [26] Forum of Nerva (no. 6) -- [27] Basilica of Constantine -- [28] Arch of Titus -- [29] Arch of Titus, relief -- [30] Temple of Vespasian, Arch of Septimius Severus. and [31] Arch of Constantine (no. 2) -- [32] Forum of Trajan, Trajan's column (no. 20) -- [33] Porta Maggiore (no. 26) -- [34] [untitled: The Theater of Marcellus, from the Piazza Montanara] (no. 163) -- [35] Piazza del Quirinale, horse tamers (no. 96) -- [36] [untitled: ruins] -- [37] [untitled: passageway] -- [38] Roma Palazzi dei Cesari, Prospetto principale della parte publica del Palazzo [image formed from two adjacent prints] -- [39] [two untitled images] -- [40] Capitol & steps -- [41] Trevi fountain (no. 343) -- [42] Palazzo Vaticano (no. 212) -- [43] Palazzo Vaticano -- [44] Fontana della Tartarughe (tortoises) -- [45] Paolina fountain -- [46] End of the Corso -- [47] Campagna -- [48] Temple of Caecilia Metella -- [49] [untitled: The Temple of Minerva in the Forum of Assisi] (no. 178) -- [50] [untitled: stone domestic dwellings in ruin, with rural hillsides] (no. 186) -- [51] Capitoline Museum, Capitoline Venus -- [52] Florence-Uffizi Gallery, Venus de Medici (no. 288) -- [53] [untitled: The dying Gladiator, front view. Capitol] (no. 291) -- [54] [untitled: The dying Gladiator, back view. Capital] (no. 292) -- [55] Lateran Museum, Sophocles -- [56] St. Pietro in Vinculis, Michael Angelo, Moses (no. 97) -- [57] [untitled: The sleeping faun, recumbent statue (Hosmer)] (no. 312) -- [58] [titled on verso: Canova's sculpture of Pauline Bonaparte as Venus Victrix, Villa Borghese]
Subject Terms:
Arch of Constantine (Rome, Italy)
Arch of Titus (Rome, Italy)
Architectural photography.
Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano.
Church buildings -- Italy -- Rome.
Colosseum (Rome, Italy)
Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry. Library Department -- Bookplate.
Italy -- Pictorial works.
Monuments -- Italy -- Rome.
Museo nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo.
Pantheon (Rome, Italy)
Photography of sculpture.
Roman Forum (Rome, Italy)
Rome (Italy) -- Antiquities.
Rome (Italy) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
Rome -- Pictorial works.
Sculpture, Italian.
Temples -- Italy -- Rome.
Vatican Palace (Vatican City)
Albumen prints.
Photograph albums.
Anderson, James, 1813-1877, photographer.
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