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Via de Sugherari, the Theatre of Marcellus, Rome

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Via de Sugherari, the Theatre of Marcellus, Rome About 1860

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Contrary to his usual practice of taking exposures which lasted several hours or even days, here Macpherson has used a short exposure to lay the blurring shadows across the building and allow the sun to light the objects in the metalworker's workshop. This offers us a picture, not so much of the grand Theatre of Marcellus, the obvious subject of the photograph, but of modern life, lived like a hermit crab in the grand surroundings of ancient Rome.

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The length of time a photosensitive surface is exposed to light. The term ‘multiple exposure’ is used to describe the act of recording more than one image on a single sheet or frame of film.



  • Acc. No. PGP 32.3
  • Medium Albumen print
  • Size 40.40 x 29.10 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1990