- David Roberts, Scottish, British, 1796-1864
Egyptian Landscape with a Distant View of the Pyramids, 1862
Oil paint on canvas
Signed and dated at lower left, David Roberts R.A. 1862; inscribed by the artist on reverse, To Dr. Henry Bench Jones / With the Artists [sic] Best / Wishes / July 14th, 1862.
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2018.24
In the 1830s, David Roberts was one of the first British artists to make a comprehensive study of Egypt. Back in London, his topographically accurate pictures sold well to a fascinated public. Later in his life Roberts gave rein to his imagination, as in this picture, combining the pyramids at Giza with the half-buried Temple of Edfu in the foreground—their actual locations nearly 500 miles apart.
- “Treasures from the Berger Collection: British Paintings 1400-2000” — Denver Art Museum, 10/2/2014 – 9/9/2018