David Roberts, RA (British, 1796-1864) 'The Halt in the Desert'
Lot 153
David Roberts, RA
(British, 1796-1864)
'The Halt in the Desert'
Sold for £17,500 (US$ 29,469) inc. premium
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David Roberts, RA (British, 1796-1864)
'The Halt in the Desert'
signed and dated 'D. Roberts 1832' (lower centre)
watercolour heightened with bodycolour and gum arabic
19.5 x 29.5cm (7 11/16 x 11 5/8in).

Footnotes

  • Engraved, W. Miller, as 'The Halt in the Dessert', published Lyrics of the Heart with other poems, London, Longman, 1851.

    The present watercolour was engraved as 'The Halt in the Desert' to illustrate Alaric A. Watt's poem Egypt Unvisited. The author declares that he was inspired by Roberts' Egyptian sketches and the final stanza concludes:

    'Then why through Egypt should I seek to roam,
    Fancy to feed with scenes that will but mock it;
    With graphic Roberts for my guide (at home),
    And Murray's trusty 'Hand-Book' in my pocket.'

    There is another watercolour, of a similar composition and size, also signed and dated 1832 in the Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

    We are grateful to Briony Llewellyn for her help in preparing this catalogue entry.
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