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Auction 89, Lot 286

"Shrine of the Nativity",

Subject: Holy Land

Period: 1842 (dated)

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

Color: Printed Color

9.5 x 13.2 inches
24.1 x 33.5 cm
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Scene of three priest praying in the shrine built on the site where Christ was born. On a full folio sheet with text below and on the verso. A bit of tape residue in margin, else fine. 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 his journeys resulted in the conversion of this dramatic sketches to lithographs by Louis Hague. The work was one of the most popular publications of its time, allowing Victorian Europeans a peek into the exotic world from the comfort of their parlors.


Condition: A

Estimate: $250 - $350

Sold for: $210

Closed on 12/8/1999