|Dates||1811 - 1872|
|Born||Edinburgh, Forfarshire, Scotland|
Until photography lured him in 1851, Robert Macpherson enjoyed a socially active career as a painter, journalist, and art dealer. A tall, gregarious redhead described as "gifted with that rare endowment, the art of pleasing," the Scottish Macpherson cut a striking figure wearing a kilt on the streets of Rome, where he had moved for his health around 1840. He became a commercial photographer and opened a shop in Rome, from which he sold prints.
Macpherson, however, had some higher aspirations for the medium, as he listed himself as "Artist photographer" in a studio guide of 1858. Although he remained in Rome, he was an active member of the