Robert MacPherson

Robert Turnbull Macpherson (27 February 1814 - 17th November 1872) was a Scottish artist and photographer who left Scotland for Rome, Italy in 1840. In addition to painting and photographing in Rome he worked as an art dealer. His most notable acquisition was a large, dark panel which he purchased in 1846. After cleaning the piece, it was identified as 'The Entombment of Christ', an unfinished work by Michelangelo. Macpherson smuggled the painting out of Rome, and in 1868 sold it to the National Gallery in London for £2000.