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Auction 89, Lot 290

"Fountain of the Virgin, Nazareth",

Subject: Holy Land

Period: 1844 (dated)

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

Color: Black & White

9.7 x 13.5 inches
24.6 x 34.3 cm

Interesting scene of people gathered around the well with women balancing large pottery jars on their heads. On a full folio sheet with text at bottom and on verso. Damp stain in upper right corner, just touching the edge of the image, else very good. 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: B

Estimate: $200 - $275

Sold for: $100

Closed on 12/8/1999