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Macpherson, Robert, 1815 or 1816–1872
Photograph album of scenes in Rome.
Additional Title(s):
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 (circa 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.
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.

  • [Leaf 1] Castle of St. Angelo and bridge (numbers 342)
  • [2] View of St. Peter's
  • [3] View of Rome (numbers 233)
  • [4] Colosseum
  • [5] Colosseum, interior
  • [6] Colosseum and Arch of Constantine (numbers 31)
  • [7] Forum Romanum: Temple of Vespasian, Temple of Saturn, Temple of Castor and Pollux (numbers 338)
  • [8] Pantheon
  • [9] Castle of St. Angelo
  • [10] Porta S. Paola and Pyramid of Cestius
  • [11] Equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius
  • [12] Facade of St. Peter's
  • [13] Facade of St. Peter's (numbers 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 (numbers 309)
  • [21] Temple of Hercules (known for a long time as the Temple of Vesta) (numbers 17)
  • [22] Temple of Faustina (numbers 168)
  • [23] Pantheon (numbers 236)
  • [24] Temple of Fortuna Virilis (numbers 47)
  • [25] Temple of Mars Ultor (Forum of Augustus), Gate: Arco dei Pantani (numbers 238)
  • [26] Forum of Nerva (numbers 6)
  • [27] Basilica of Constantine
  • [28] Arch of Titus
  • [29] Arch of Titus, relief
  • [30] Temple of Vespasian, Arch of Septimius Severus.
  • [31] Arch of Constantine (numbers 2)
  • [32] Forum of Trajan, Trajan's column (numbers 20)
  • [33] Porta Maggiore (numbers 26)
  • [34] [untitled: The Theater of Marcellus, from the Piazza Montanara] (numbers 163)
  • [35] Piazza del Quirinale, horse tamers (numbers 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 and steps
  • [41] Trevi fountain (numbers 343)
  • [42] Palazzo Vaticano (numbers 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] (numbers 178)
  • [50] [untitled: stone domestic dwellings in ruin, with rural hillsides] (numbers 186)
  • [51] Capitoline Museum, Capitoline Venus
  • [52] Florence-Uffizi Gallery, Venus de Medici (numbers 288)
  • [53] [untitled: The dying Gladiator, front view. Capitol] (numbers 291)
  • [54] [untitled: The dying Gladiator, back view. Capital] (numbers 292)
  • [55] Lateran Museum, Sophocles
  • [56] St. Pietro in Vinculis, Michael Angelo, Moses (numbers 97)
  • [57] [untitled: The sleeping faun, recumbent statue (Hosmer)] (numbers 312)
  • [58] [titled on verso: Canova's sculpture of Pauline Bonaparte as Venus Victrix, Villa Borghese]

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