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Auction 198, Lot 653

"Persian Water-Wheel, Used for Irrigation in Nubia", Roberts, David

Subject: Egypt

Period: 1847 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

10 x 14 inches
25.4 x 35.6 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 a Persian water-wheel, which was used for bringing up water from an underground well. Its lifting device is powered by a pair of cows which are being supervised by a pair of locals. 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 x 16".


Condition: A

Clean and colorful on a bright sturdy sheet.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $90

Closed on 6/19/2024