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Film: Robert Macpherson and his Photographic Vedute of Rome

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art has published a short film interviewing Wilfried E. Keil who was Rome Fellow at the British School Room from April-June 2021. During this time he used the BSR's extensive photographic archive to closely examine Robert Mcpherson's original photographs. He made a number of discoveries including an unknown photographic technique, new provenances and even a nineteenth-century thumbprint.

Watch this film to find out more about the importance of experiencing source material up close and personal. This project was supported by a Rome Fellowship. Find out more about the PMC Fellowships & Grants programme at Find out more about the British School of Rome at

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