Monday, May 30, 2005

David Roberts, R.A.
Further to my mention in the previous posting of David Roberts, whose paintings I love, there is a small feature about him on the above Travellers in Egypt website, which also contains a few of good quality images of his lithographs, including the rather wonderful and well-known self portrait. As well as being simply lovely in their own right, these paintings are a remarkable insight into the state of temples and monuments in Egypt at the time that Roberts was visiting in the 1830s - changes, both good and bad, from that time are often clearly visible. And his paintings highlight the sheer amount of sand that had to be moved from some of these monuments before they could be seen in their entirety.
If you have some time on your hands, a gallery-full of his paintings have been catpured online at the following address, although the quaility of the images is highly variable.

1 comment:

Mirko di Wallenberg said...

Last november 2007 I went to Egypt on a cruise and fell in love with the site of the Temple of Kom Ombo. When arriving by cruise boat during the sunset when the last rays of sun light shines on the temple is breath taking and one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen. One can hardly imagine how it must have been at the hight of Egyptian culture! Fantastic!