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Auction 106, Lot 574

"[Lot of 2 - Holy Land]", Roberts, David

Subject: Holy Land

Period: 1841-44 (dated)

Publication: The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt and Nubia

Color: Black & White

13.5 x 9.7 inches
34.3 x 24.6 cm
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Pair of fabulous full-page tinted lithographs. "The Convent of St. Catherine Mount Sinai", 1844, depicts the fortress-like convent nestled at the base of the majestic mountain. "Stone of Unction, Church of the Holy Sepulchre", 1841, includes many worshipers within the church. David Roberts, R.A. (1796-1864) was one of the first Europeans to depict the Middle East. Considered a dangerous and barbaric land, it was not until the Napoleonic invasion of Egypt after 1798 that any serious study had been done into the Pharoic culture. Sir Richard Burton's infamous penetration of Mecca did not occur until 1858, twenty years after Roberts painted the wonders of the Moslem world and the Holy Land. The pair are fine examples of the beautiful work from this collection.


Condition: A

Both with full, original margins. Large stain in margin of each, well away from images with lots of room for matting outside the image.

Estimate: $600 - $700


Closed on 3/3/2004