Sketches in Egypt and Nubia, from Drawings made on the Spot. 1846-9.
Roberts was the first independent, professional British artist to travel so extensively in the Near East. His tour in 1838-9 produced 272 sketches, a panorama of Cairo and three full sketchbooks, enough material to “serve me for the rest of my life” (Roberts, Eastern Journal, 28 Jan 1839). Over the next decade he made “a series of entire new drawings” for the large coloured lithographs executed by Louis Haghe for The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia, which was originally published by subscription, 1842-9. No publication before this had presented so comprehensive a series of views of the monuments, landscape and people of the Near East.
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Subscribers edition size: 350 x 240 mm. Tinted lithograph (two tints). Original hand colouring. Very good condition.