Musée No:737.179Regular price £25.00
Artist: David Roberts
Date: 1862 - 1863
Scottish painter David Roberts (1796 –1864) is best known as a landscape painter inspired by his travels in Europe and the Middle East. He was originally apprenticed to a house painter, then worked as a scene painter for theatres in Edinburgh and Glasgow. In 1822 he settled in London. From 1833 he travelled widely in Europe and the Mediterranean basin and made a fortune with his topographical views. His carefully composed, atmospheric paintings convey both the excitement of experiencing picturesque and exotic sites with fascinating details. He worked in oil and watercolour and published lavishly illustrated books including the lavishly illustrated plates of “The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, and Nubia”. He funded the work through advance subscriptions with Queen Victoria being subscriber No. 1. Her complete set is still in the Royal Collection. His last volume of illustrations, 'Italy, Classical, Historical and Picturesque,' was published in 1859. The last years of his life were occupied with a series of views of London from the Thames.