General view of the Island of Philae, Nubia watercolour heightened with white 19 x 25.4 cm. (7 1/2 x 10 in.)
Provenance: Spink & Son, London, SW1.
Engraved: By L. Haghe for D. Roberts, Egypt and Nubia Vol II, pub. 1846-1849, F. G. Moon.
Between 1838 and 1839, Roberts spent eleven months travelling and sketching throughout Egypt from Alexandria to Abu Simbel and through Sinai to Petra, Jerusalem, Palestine, and Lebanon. The 247 lithographs that Belgian engraver Louis Haghe then produced at the rate of one a month from the drawings executed during Roberts' extraordinary trip were published in six volumes by Francis Graham Moon, as The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt and Nubia (1842-46) and Egypt and Nubia (1846-49).