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Entrance to the caves at Beni Hassan
London 1842 - David Roberts (1796-1864) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and at the age of ten began an apprenticeship under house painter and decorator, Gavin Beugo. From there he went on to theater stage painting throughout the United Kingdom and then devoted himself to becoming an artist. In August 1838, Roberts traveled to Egypt with a plan to produce drawings to be later turned into paintings and lithographs. He was one of the first to have been granted the privilege of freely roaming and entering many sacred areas from the extremity of Nubia to the Mediterranean, and his images were therefore the first exposure that Europeans had to such splendid, distant places. His work is meticulously precise and yet splendidly evocative, with a skillful and rigid adherence to the truth of costume, detail and effect. Roberts set off on his great and hazardous expedition in August, 1838. In the next eleven months, he visited cities and sites throughout Egypt, Syria, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and other Near Eastern countries. The result of Roberts's voyage was the three-volume, color-plate book “The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia”. When it was published in England several years after his journey, Roberts's “The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia” drew extraordinary acclaim. His ambitious project gave views of spectacular landscapes and ancient man-made wonders that viewers had never glimpsed, but Roberts did not confine his renderings to architecture and natural terrain alone. Roberts gave equal attention to the costumes and lifestyles of the Near Eastern peoples. In this way these images both instructed and delighted their viewers with superb ethnological descriptions, sweeping panoramic landscapes, and detailed architectural studies. Because of the unparalleled significance of his groundbreaking work, he was honored with the prestigious award of election to the Royal Academy. This superb tinted lithograph with hand-coloring, Entrance to the caves at Beni Hassan, from "The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, Nubia" measures 15" x 17.5" and is in excellent condition with faint staining in the margins. Illustrated in this lithograph are two goat herders outside the walls of Beni Hassan. Beni Hassan is an ancient Egyptian burial site and tombs in Middle Egypt. The realistic illustration of this site shows its deterioration, but its grand size and architecture as well. Inscribed on this lithograph is "Entrance to the Caves of Beni Hassan" and "David Roberts RA. L. Hagh lith".
      [Bookseller: Arader Galleries San Francisco]
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