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Auction 89, Lot 295

"Tombs of the Memlooks, Cairo, with an Arab Funeral",

Subject: Egypt

Period: 1849 (dated)

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

Color: Black & White

9.7 x 13.7 inches
24.6 x 34.8 cm
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Stunning scene of the beautiful architecture with three different style minarets rising above the domes of the mosques. On a full folio sheet with text below and on verso. Chipped margins with some foxing, but image is 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: $300 - $350

Sold for: $275

Closed on 12/8/1999