Convent of St. Saba, April 1839. David ROBERTS.

Convent of St. Saba, April 1839

London: F.G. Moon. Louis Haghe. unbound. View. Tinted lithograph with hand coloring, mounted on card, as issued. Image measures 13" x 19.5", sheet measures 16 3/8" x 23.75" very good(+).

Beautiful view overlooking the ancient convent from David Roberts' "Views in the Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt and Nubia". Born in Scotland, Roberts (1796-1864) gained renown as a landscape artist from documenting his extensive travels through Spain and the Near and Middle East. His most well known work, "Views in the Holy Land...Egypt and Nubia" illustrates Roberts' trip in 1838-39. The subsequent publication was issued in 41 parts between 1842 and 1849. This magnificent set was a collaborative project between Roberts and the skilled printer Louis Haghe (1806-1885) and is recognized as one of the most important lithographic works of the 19th century. This particular print comes from the deluxe subscribers edition, which was issued without text and the illustrations mounted to evoke the original watercolors of his sketchbook. The Greek Orthodox Convent or Monastery of St. Saba is in the Kidron Valley in the West Bank near Bethlehem. Small stain in upper left corner of image, aging and slight stains to margins. Slight chip to lower right corner.

Price: $950.00

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