Set of Mosque Lithographs by David Robert, Printed 1856
Item Number: 14561
Set of two original Mosque lithographs by David Roberts, extracted from the first quarto edition of his book "Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, & Nubia," published in 1856. Plate numbers: 248, 224. Overall Print size: 7 ½" x 10 ½."
These two mosque lithographs hail from David Robert's extremely important work in the Middle East. "One of the most important and elaborate ventures of nineteenth-century publishing and [...] the apotheosis of the tinted lithograph" (Abbey). "In the course of two and a half months in 1838, travelling some 800 miles south from Cairo, Roberts recorded the monumental sites along the Nile." (Blackmer). Roberts was the first independent, professional British artist to travel so extensively in the Near East. In the first lithograph we can see the Mosque of Sultan Al-Ghuri in Cairo, followed by the second lithograph of the Mosque of Sultan Qaitbey. Both of these lithos showcase the mosques' beautifully decorated and enriched arabesque scrolling of the domes and archways, wrought in rich patterns of tracery. A beautiful set. In very good condition.