Date Created



Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, London publisher
D. Appleton & Co., New York publisher

Is Version Of

R. W. Macbeth, ARA, albumen print, approx. 6½ x 8½ in., by Frank Dudman (1855-1918) for Joseph Park Mayall (1839-1922), 1883


F. G. Stephens, Artists at Home, photographed by J. P. Mayall and reproduced in facsimile by photoengraving on copper plates; edited, with biographical notes and descriptions, by Frederick George Stephens (London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington; New York: Appleton & Co., 1884), n.p.


Macbeth, Robert Walker (1848-1910), Scottish painter and illustrator

Date Issued

August 1884

Date Copyrighted

Photograph copyrighted September 24, 1883. Copyright owner, Joe Parkin Mayall, 548 Oxford Street, London. Author of work: Frank Dudman, 27 Bloemfontein, Shepherds Bush, London
Description: "Photograph of Mr R W Macbeth ARA and interior of his studio at 2 Whitcomb [sic] Studios, Errylands [sic]Lane, Taverstock [sic] Hill, London. Seated sketching" (Public Records, National Archives, Kew, COPY 1/365/303).


The artist sits on a velvet-upholstered chair, his right knee crossed over his left, with his left hand on his right ankle as he looks down at the image he is sketching.. In front of him, on a large easel, is an elaborately framed painting of a young woman with a fur muff. On the left-hand side of the composition is a fireplace with a cluttered overmantel, surmounted by a round convex mirror; on the right, propped against the wall, is an enormous stretched canvas, its face toward the wall. The walls are covered with tapestries but the floor is bare, apart from a narrow rug in front of the hearth.

Is Referenced By

Jeremy Maas, The Victorian Art World iin Photographs (London: Barrie & Jenkins, 1984), fig. 64, p. 44.
Helen Valentine, ed., Art in the Age of Queen Victoria: Treasures from the Royal Academy of Arts Permanent Collection (New Haven: Royal Academy of Arts, Longon, in association with Yale University Press, 1999), p. 153. (Photo from RA Archives)
“Some Fine Art Books.” The Graphic, issue 788, Jan. 3, 1885. "Part VI. of 'Artists at Home' (S. Low and Co.), contains the portraits of five very opposite characters—E. J. Poynter, R.A., T. O. Barlow, R.A., Macbeth and Storey, A.R.A.’s, and Mr. Gladstone. The volume fully sustains the promise of the earlier numbers, the photo engravings are excellent, and the letterpress brief and to the point."


R. W. Macbeth, Far from the Madding Crowd, ca. 1884 (exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1884).


The online edition of this work in the public domain, i.e., not protected by copyright, has been produced by the Emory University Digital Library Program.




Stuart A. Rose Manuscripts and Rare Books Library, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Omeka record contributed by Linda Merrill

Date Submitted

October 3, 2016

Date Modified

November 21, 2016

Original Format

Photoengraving on copper

Image size

6 1/2 in. x 8 1/2 in. (16.8 cm x 22 cm)

Sheet size

11 in. x 14 1/2 in. (27.8 x 36.8 cm)


(Printed on the mount beneath the image) J P Mayall Photo | London published by Sampson Low Marston Searle & Rivington 188 Fleet St. | Park Lane Studio London | R. W. MACBETH, A.R.A. | Copyright





Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, London publisher, R. W. MACBETH, A.R.A.

Cite As

Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, London publisher and D. Appleton & Co., New York publisher, “R. W. MACBETH, A.R.A.,” Victorian Artists at Home, accessed June 23, 2024, https://artistsathome.emorydomains.org/items/show/24.

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