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"Macbeth photographs" : Six boxes of photographic reproductions of old master prints (primarily 15th and 16th century engravings)

Warburg prints
"Boston Negatives"

about 1914-1931
Donald MacBeth, Artists Illustrators Ltd. (English (born Scotland), active about 1909-1932)


Each gray cardboard case: 73.7 x 59.1 x 5.1 cm (29 x 23 1/4 x 2 in.)

Accession Number

SC.MacBeth photographs.1-6

Medium or Technique

about 1400 photographic reproductions made from negtives by collotype

Not On View



Stored in 6 gray cardboard boxes.
Printed from collotype plates made from negatives sent to the British Museum

The facsimile photographs (not negatives) are stored in 6 boxes in Print Storage at the MFA. The subjects are primarily fifteenth and sixteenth century European engravings. They are placed in folders with sequences of negative (?) numbers written in pencil on the outside.There is frequently no apparent coherence or unity to the groups. Most are unlabeled except for the Macbeth green stamp on the verso with a number that corresponds to typed lists. The lists in Box 1 are probably an inventory of the prints including artist, title, catalogue number and collection, and Macbeth number.
This was a project initiated by Fitzroy Carrington at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, supported by Arthur Hind at the British Museum and F. Lehrs in Dresden.


By 1930, purchased by the MFA. (Accession date: July 14, 2017)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Felix A. Warburg