Creation Date

1838

Era

1800-1900

Medium

Lithograph

Dimensions

8.5 x 11.5, 14.5 x 17.5 (in frame)

Credit Line

Long-term Loan from the Estate of Boris Blick, 2015

Accession Number

2015.38

Creator Biography

David Roberts R.A., British, born in Stockbridge, near Edinburgh, Scotland, 1796-1864.

Description

In this lithograph, David Roberts depicts the obelisks he saw at Alexandria. The obelisk in the foreground was taken by the British to London through a harrowing sea journey, where the crew had to abandon ship. Later, sailors found the ship, with the obelisk completely undamaged, and it was successfully brought to its intended home. The obelisk in the background was also removed, and is now located in Central Park. Professor Blick collected with a historian’s eye, and this image depicts a beautiful, unaltered moment in history. The scene displays the Middle East in a period of peace that existed before conquering empires altered the face of the landscape forever.

Provenance

Egypt & Nubia / from drawings made on the spot by David Roberts ... ; lithographed by Louis Haghe (1806-1885). London : F.G. Moon, 1846-1849 FROM: Wilkinson's Egypt and Thebes

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