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The famous nineteenth-century views, with modern photographs of the same scenes.

David Roberts, one of the most skilled landscape artists of his time, set out for Egypt in 1838, where he made countless sketches of the most remarkable sites and monuments during the course of his eleven-month journey through Egypt, Sinai, and the Levant.

Superb lithographs made from his work, first published between 1846 and 1848, are richly reproduced here in resplendent color, along with Roberts's diary accounts of his travels along the Nile Valley from Alexandria to the fabulous Abu Simbel temples. Each illustration is accompanied by a photograph showing the same view more than 150 years later.

Fabio Bourbon's lucid essay introduces anew this nineteenth-century fine artist and contextualizes his images for the modern reader.

Book News Annotation:

David Roberts (1796-1894) a gifted and prolific British painter, well known during his time, used his talents to travel and paint what he saw with extraordinary clarity and detail. This volume, originally published in hardback in 1996, assembles his work and presents it full page along with text (by Fabio Bourbon), photographs (by Antonio Attini) of the sites depicted in the paintings, and selections from Roberts' journals. One hundred and twenty plates are presented in an arrangement corresponding to the artist's itinerary. The book is distributed in North America by Oxford U. Press. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

David Roberts (1796-1864) was one of the most acclaimed landscape painters of his time. He made an extended trip to Egypt and the Holy Land in 1838-39, during which he made the series of drawings that brought him lasting fame.

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Bourbon, Fabio
American University in Cairo Press
null, David
Roberts, David
null, Fabio
Attini, Antonio
null, Antonio
Individual Artist
Archaeology | Ancient
Art - Artists
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252 color illus.
8.6 x 11.5 x 1.1 in 3.281 lb

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