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 sketchbooks from Roberts' journeys were one of the most popular publications of its time, allowing Victorian Europeans a peek into the exotic world from the comfort of their parlors.
This attractive lithograph depicts the Temple of Dakka in Lower Nubia, which was moved to the site of Wadi es-Sebua in the 1960s. Produced in the tinted lithograph process and finished by hand with watercolor. Published by F.G. Moon in London, with the full sheet measuring 17.2 x 13.8". English text on verso.
A clean and bright sheet with binding holes at left, remnants of tape along the top edge of the sheet on recto, and trimmed at bottom with loss of text below the image and part of the text on verso.