Egypt and Nubia, Volume I: The Great Sphinx, Pyramids of Gezeeh

David Roberts, Louis Haghe1846

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

The invention of photography was announced in 1839, but photographers did not arrive in Egypt until around 1850. Prior to that, general knowledge about the ancient sites came from writings and reproductions of the paintings and drawings of adventurous artists. Roberts, the first British artist to produce a series of Egyptian views, traveled through the Middle East in 1838–40. Back in England, he worked with Haghe to translate his drawings into color lithographs, which were published between 1842 and 1849 as an opulent series of portfolios. A stimulating mixture of documentation and romanticism that still moves today’s viewers, Roberts’s images appeared just before the availability of photographic depictions of the region and inspired the photographers who followed in his footsteps.

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  • Title: Egypt and Nubia, Volume I: The Great Sphinx, Pyramids of Gezeeh
  • Creator: Louis Haghe (British, 1806-1885), F.G.Moon, 20 Threadneedle Street, London, David Roberts (Scottish, 1796-1864)
  • Date Created: 1846
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 42.9 x 60.2 cm (16 7/8 x 23 11/16 in.); Image: 33.8 x 53.2 cm (13 5/16 x 20 15/16 in.)
  • Provenance: [Otto Schreiber]
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2012.181
  • Medium: color lithograph
  • Department: Prints
  • Culture: England, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Bequest of John Bonebrake
  • Collection: PR - Lithograph
  • Accession Number: 2012.181

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