The Valley of the Anio, with the Upper and Lower Cascatelle, Mecenas's Villa, and Distant Campagna
Robert Macpherson (British, Tayside, Scotland 1811–1872 Rome)
1858 or earlier
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Image: 30.6 x 40.1 cm (12 1/16 x 15 13/16 in.), oval
Mount: 49.4 x 64.7 cm (19 7/16 x 25 1/2 in.)
Gilman Collection, Purchase, W. Bruce and Delaney H. Lundberg Gift, 2005
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed in unknown hand on mount verso, BC: "The Valley of the Anio, with the upper and lower Cascatelle, Mecenas's Villa, and distant Campana"; blindstamp on mount recto, BC: "R. MacPherson // *Rome*"; numbered in pencil in center of blindstamp: "126"inscribed in blue ink in unknown hand on mount verso, BL: "9"
[Graphics International, Ltd., Washington, DC]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, November 8, 1978
Rome. 192 Via di Ripetti. MacPherson's Photographs. "MacPherson's Photographs," 1858, no. 126.
Rome. 12 Vicolo d'Alibert. MacPherson's Photographs. "MacPherson's Photographs," December 1871.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 44," August 29, 2006–January 7, 2007.
Anio is the latin name for what is now known as the Aniene river (formerly called the Teverone); This work was included as no. 126 in MacPherson's photography exhibition in Rome at 192 Via di Ripetti, 1858 under the same title. It was also included under the same title as no. 126 at the artist's December 1871 exhibition of photographs at 12 Vicolo d'Alibert in Rome. It is reproduced in Peiro Bechetti and Carlo Pietrangeli's "Un inglese fotografo a Roma // Robert MacPherson" (Rome: Edizioni Quasar, 1987) on p. 176-77 as "Tivoli, Panorama della Citta e Delle Cascate Dell'Aniene." The authors of this volume list this work as no. 118 in the 1858 exhibition, but the correct attribution is no. 126, as confirmed by its inscription and blindstamp.