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The Mapping of North America

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This image is arguably one of the most famous by David Roberts (1796-1864). It illustrates the Sphinx with a large evocative setting sun in the background. In the foreground are men with camels and an approaching caravan. It was published in Roberts’ ‘Egypt and Nubia’ published 1846-9. He was the first British artist to sketch the monuments of Egypt. The lithographic stones were the work of Louis Haghe (1806-85) and were supposedly destroyed at the auction of final stock of prints. The colours are printed from the stone and this particular image is considered the finest example of that in the work. Abbey Travel 272.114; Tooley (1954) 402.

Approach of the Simoom. Desert of Gizeh

London, 1849
360 x 490 mm., early printed colours, in good condition.
Stock number: 8276


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