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Untitled (Ruins of Roman Forum)

A work made of albumen print.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of albumen print.

Date:

c. 1867

Artist:

Robert MacPherson
Scottish, 1811–1872

About this artwork

Abandoning medical studies in his native Edinburgh, Robert MacPherson traveled to Rome in 1840 to try his hand as a landscape painter. His move coincided with a rise in tourism to Italy, in particular to the country’s classical monuments. MacPherson took up photography in 1851 to capitalize on this burgeoning tourist trade, and he soon gained success as a landscape photographer producing deluxe views for British customers. MacPherson has carefully omitted signs of the present in this image of the Forum, such as traffic, local Italians, and commercial vendors, to focus instead on a mythic past for buyers eager to own a piece of Western civilization.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

Robert MacPherson

Title

Untitled (Ruins of Roman Forum)

Place

Scotland (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1862–1872

Medium

Albumen print

Dimensions

Image/paper: 31.5 × 40.2 cm (12 7/16 × 15 7/8 in.); Mount: 46.4 × 64.1 cm (18 5/16 × 25 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg

Reference Number

1978.1101

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