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Auction 195, Lot 761

"Ruins of Luxor from the South-West", Roberts, David

Subject: Temple of Luxor, Egypt

Period: 1846 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

13.8 x 10 inches
35.1 x 25.4 cm
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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 ancient Egyptian temple complex at Luxor as seen from the West bank of the Nile River. Produced in the tinted lithograph process and finished by hand with watercolor. Published by F.G. Moon in London. English text on verso. On a trimmed sheet measuring 17.2 x 14.1".


Condition: B+

A bright, sturdy sheet with a few spots of foxing.

Estimate: $150 - $180

Sold for: $275

Closed on 11/15/2023