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David Roberts, Fountain of the Virgin, Nazareth. Lithograph c1844

David Roberts, Fountain of the Virgin, Nazareth. Lithograph c1844

by Roberts, David

Hand-coloured lithograph by Louis Haghe after David Roberts' painting of April 21st 1839.

Scottish- born, and apprenticed to a house painter and decorator, David Roberts, R.A. (1796-1842) studied art in the evenings. He became a respected designer and painter of stage scenery for theatres in Edinburgh and London. He began painting landscapes and exhibited at the Fine Arts Instition in Edinburgh. (In 1821 while doing oil paintings of landscapes he met William Clarkson Stanfield who became a famous artist of land and seascapes.) In 1822 he exhibited at the British Institution and the Society of British Artists. As well as English and Scottish scenes, Roberts painted in France and the Low Countries. By 1829 he was working full-time as an artist, and in 1831 was elected president of the Society of British Artists. In 1832 he travelled to Spain and Tangiers, and as his paintings became popular, in 1837 he began producing lithographs of his work.

When Egypt was in vogue, in 1838 David Roberts began a long tour of Egypt, Nubia, the Sinai, the Holy Land, Jordan and Lebanon. He sketched and painted an enormous number of watercolours. On his return to Britain, Roberts solicited subscribers (including Queen Victoria) to finance his work, and with lithographer Louis Haghe, from 1842 to 1849 produced lavish hand-coloured lithographs for David Roberts’ Sketches in the Holy Land and Syria, and Egypt and Nubia.

This beautiful lithograph measuring 247 x 342mm (9.75 x 13.5 inches), was published on the upper half of a tall page with text below and on reverse.

Stock Number: apDRhl2Price: $220.00