David Roberts’ magnificent images of Egypt and the Holy Land rank amongst the finest topographical views of the nineteenth century. Roberts made a two-year journey to the Middle-East commencing in 1838, and whilst there executed numerous watercolours from which the finest were selected for the publication; The lithographs were executed by Louis Haghe. In order to help fund the project, Roberts produced a deluxe subscription edition, from which this lithograph was taken, which is notable for being the only edition to have original hand-colour, which would have been executed under the direction of the artist.David Robert’s magnificent views of “Egypt and Nubia” and “The Holy Land” are widely considered to be some of the finest of the Ninteenth Century.
Taken from his watercolours executed during his two-year expedition from 1838, they uniquely document the solemn splendor of these countries. Louis Haghe masterfully translated the works onto lithograrphic stone, which were then published in parts by F. G. Moon and Son between 1842-49. In order to fund the project Roberts produced a limited subscription edition, which is distinguishable from the later editions by being the only edition printed on fine paper which was trimmed and laid down onto card. More importantly, they are the only edition to be produced with fine original hand-colouring.
Hand-coloured lithograph on fine paper mounted on card as issued from the subscription edition of Roberts’ “Eygpt”, published London 1849. Good condition with clean, bright colours. Dimensions: 340 by 500mm. (13.50 by 19.75 inches).
Stock ID: 60099