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Here are prints of paintings made in Egypt by David Roberts R.A. between 1838 and 1842. These were reproduced from bookplates made in the mid 19th century. What I love about his work is not just the subjects and the beauty of his art, but the lasting record he created of scenes and monuments, many of which have subsequently been moved or lost. His work also shows sites that were virtually buried beneath the sand at the time, demonstrating the enormous work undertaken since to uncover and preserve them, like the picture of Edfu also shown here. He made several paintings of Philae, long before the buildings were moved to a different, safer location. There is the general view of the island, the temple precinct, the temple itself and a very atmospheric picture of the island at sunset. I particularly like the way Roberts almost always includes human figures, partly as a glimpse of life at the time, but also because they provide an immediate scale reference. His painting of the pyramids is fascinating since it shows how - apparently - much of the limestone layer remained at the time.

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