Other Macpherson Collections
Douglas Olcott writes:
"Macpherson died in November,
1872, according to an article by Marjorie Munsterberg in The Art
Bulletin, March 1986. He apparently made no provision for the
continuation of his studio in Rome, so it seems other studios or
perhaps book sellers in Rome were selling his work by this time,
but certainly he chose himself the photos which were in these
collections. I have the following price lists which indicate
other collections which he published in book form:
- Macpherson's Vatican
Sculptures, 1st March 1868, 134 in all.
- Macpherson's Photographs,
December 1871, 420 in all.
- Macpherson's Photographs
of Celebrated Pictures Mostly Taken from the Best Engravings, 135
The Boston MFA has a
collection of his photos published as Roman Architecture and
Sculpture, 1871, containing 42 albumen prints.
We all know about his
flamboyant nature and view of himself as a true artist. He was
obviously also very practical, like a true Scotsman, in publishing
his work in book form for the tourists."