David Roberts Landscape Print - Ascent of the Lower Range of Sinai
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David Roberts
Ascent of the Lower Range of Sinai

1839

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Original hand-colored lithograph by David Roberts (1796 – 1864) published by F.G. Moon, 1846. A view of the ascent to the summit of Mount Sinai, Egypt. Mount Sinai is an important sacred site for all of the Abrahamic religions, most notably for its many connections with Moses and the Exodus. The peak of Mount Sinai has two traditional approaches, the Siket El Bashait, a shallow road suitable for camel transport, and the Siket Sayidna Musa, a steeply direct route using the 3,750 'Steps of Penitence.' David Roberts, considered one of the great architectural artists of his time, was born at Stockbridge near Edinburgh and at the age of 10, apprenticed to Gavin Buego, a house painter. Following his apprenticeship, Roberts did faux stone work and paneling at Scone Palace and Abercairney Abbey. In 1818, Roberts worked as an assistant scene painter in theatres in Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Drury Lane Theatre in London. Throughout the 1820s, he exhibited at the Society of British Artists and the Royal Academy. By 1830, Roberts was firmly established as a topographical artist. He then was able to give up his theatre work and travel, touring the continent, Scotland and Spain. In 1839, he departed for Alexandria and spent the remaining part of the year in Cairo, visiting numerous tombs and other sites. The following year he crossed the desert to get to the Holy Land by way of Suez, Mount Sinai, Petra and Gaza. He went on to Jerusalem, spending several months visiting key biblical sites and returned to England at the end of 1839. Roberts' works were published in London as lithographs by Louis Haghe (1806 – 1885), himself a lithographer and watercolor artist, in 41 parts over seven years, 1842 – 1849. This became one of Haghe's most ambitious and successful projects and confirmed Roberts as one England's great architectural and landscape artists. Image size: 15.0 x 20.0 inches. Matted in a 3 -inch wide acid-free, 4-ply ivory mat. Full size: 20.0 x 26.5 inches.

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  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 15.0 in. x W 20.0 in.H 38.1 cm x W 50.8 cm
  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU5182013273
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