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David Roberts came from a humble background and was initially apprenticed to a painter-decorator, but soon turned his hand to stage set design. In 1822, while working for the Theatre Royal in Edinburgh and beginning to submit architectural compositions for exhibition there, he travelled to London, where he produced designs for the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane and the Opera House in Covent Garden. In 1824 he visited Normandy, where he made drawings of Gothic buildings. He went on to visit most of Europe, venturing as far as Syria and Egypt, sketching subjects that he would later translate into oils and watercolours. Many of these studies were subsequently lithographed, notably Picturesque Sketches in Spain, Sketches in the Holy Land and Syria, and Classical, Historical and Picturesque, all of which proved popular and profitable. Roberts was also a contributor over many years to the Landscape Annual. Towards the end of his career, he turned his focus once more to British subjects.

 

Critics have identified three distinct phases in David Roberts' career: until 1838, he used bold and luminous colours inspired by 18th century Dutch Masters, but following his trips to the Middle and Near East, his style became more clinical and the colours less vivid. Towards the end of his life, his colours darkened perceptibly.

 

Roberts became an associate member of the Royal Academy in 1839 and a full member two years later, and from 1842 was a member of the Society of British Artists. He exhibited in London at the Suffolk Street Gallery until 1836.

 

Group Exhibitions

 

2003, From Ruskin to Turner: Drawings and Travels in Romantic Picardy, Museum of Picardy, Amiens

2008, The Lure of the East: British Orientalist Painting, Tate Britain, London

Museum and Gallery Holdings

 

Amiens: St Mark's Square, Venice

Bristol (City Mus. & AG): Temple of Dendera, Upper Egypt (1841, oil on canvas)

Cardiff: watercolour

Dublin: Temple of Neptune at Paestum

Dundee (University Fine Art Collection): Mount Seir, Wadi el Ghar (1839, watercolour on paper)

Edinburgh (Nat. Gal. of Scotland): Rome: Sunset from the Convent of Sant'Onofrio on the Janiculum (1856, oil on canvas); View of Edinburgh from the Ramparts of the Castle (watercolour heightened with white/two sheets of blue-green paper)

Glasgow: Church St-Etienne-du-Mont, Paris

Leicester: Jerusalem: View of the Valley of Josaphat

Liverpool (AG, University): Royal Palace, Madrid

Liverpool (Walker AG): Baalbec - Ruins of the Temple of Bacchus

London (British Architectural Library)

London (Tate Collection): Chancel of the Collegiate Church of St Paul, at Antwerp (1848, oil on canvas, exhibited in 1848)

London (Victoria and Albert Mus.): Historic Buildings, Granada; Port of Cairo (known as Bal-el-Mutawellee); Interior of Milan Cathedral; Ruins of Elgin Cathedral

London (Wallace Collection): Granada: the Chapel of Ferdiinand and Isabella (1838, oil/panel)

Manchester

Mulhouse

Preston: Tombs of the Scaliger Family, Verona

Sheffield: Santa Maria della Salute, Venice

Sydney: St Peter's, Rome

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DAVID ROBERTS RA (1796-1864)
APPROACH OF THE SIMOON - DESERT OF GEEZAH
APPROACH OF THE SIMOON - DESERT OF GEEZAH Subscription and First Edition lithograph Full plate: 240 Presented in a acid free mount
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DAVID ROBERTS RA (1796-1864)
Bazaar of the Silk Mercers, Cairo
David Roberts R.A BAZAAR OF THE SILK MERCERS,CAIRO Subscription and First Edition lithographs in stock Full plate: 230 Presented in a acid...
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DAVID ROBERTS RA (1796-1864)
CAIRO, FROM THE GATE OF CITIZENIS, LOOKING TOWARDS THE DESERT OF SUEZ
David Roberts R.A. 1796 - 1864 CAIRO, FROM THE GATE OF CITIZENIS, LOOKING TOWARDS THE DESERT OF SUEZ Subscription and first edition...
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DAVID ROBERTS RA (1796-1864)
EL KHASNE
David Roberts R.A. 1796 - 1864 EL KHASNE First Edition lithograph Full plate: 92 Presented in a acid free mount Antique print
£2500
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DAVID ROBERTS RA (1796-1864)
Interior of the Great Temple of Aboo Simbel
David Roberts R.A. 1796 - 1864 Interior of the Great Temple of Aboo Simbel First edition lithograph Full plate: 139 Acid free mount All o...
£1500
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DAVID ROBERTS RA (1796-1864)
JERUSALEM FROM THE MOUNT OF OLIVES
JERUSALEM FROM THE MOUNT OF OLIVES Subscription Edition & First Edition lithographs in stock Full plate: 18 Presented in a acid free mount Pu...
£1500
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DAVID ROBERTS RA (1796-1864)
The Dome of the Rock showing the site of the Temple
David Roberts RA 1796 - 1864 The Dome of the Rock, showing the Site of the Temple First edition lithograph Full plate: 8 Acid free mount On...
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DAVID ROBERTS RA (1796-1864)
The Doorway, Baalbec
David Roberts R.A. 1796 - 1864 The Doorway, Baalbec First edition lithograph Full plate 81 Presented in a acid free mount
£2500
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DAVID ROBERTS RA (1796-1864)
The Greek Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre
THE GREEK CHAPEL OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE First Edition lithograph Full plate: 4 Presented in a acid free mount Modern hand-coloured lithograph ...
£850
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DAVID ROBERTS RA (1796-1864)
The Holy Tree of Metereah
David Roberts R.A. 1796 - 1864 THE HOLY TREE OF METEREAH First Edition lithograph Half plate: 227 Presented in a acid free mount
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DAVID ROBERTS RA (1796-1864)
Title Vignette
DAVID ROBERTS R.A. 1796 - 1864 Vignette Pencil & watercolour, Signed & dated 'Dec 25th 1843' Image size: 9 ¾ x 7 inches Gilt frame
£3000
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DAVID ROBERTS RA (1796-1864)
VIEW FROM UNDER THE PORTICO OF THE TEMPLE OF EDFOU, UPPER EGYPT
VIEW FROM UNDER THE PORTICO OF THE TEMPLE OF EDFOU, UPPER EGYPT Full plate: 157 Presented in an acid free mount We have in stock a full set ...
£1400
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