"Minaret of the Mosque El Rhamree",
Period: 1848 (dated)
Publication: The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt and Nubia
Color: Printed Color
14 x 13.2 inches
35.6 x 33.5 cm
An enchanting tinted lithograph depicting a narrow street in Cairo with striking minaret rising far above the other buildings. On a full folio sheet with text below and on verso. Damp stains in margins, but the print itself is in fine condition. 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.