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David Roberts, R.A.
EDINBURGH 1796 - 1864 LONDON
SEVILLE CATHEDRAL, SPAIN
Watercolour over pencil, heightened with touches of bodycolour, on buff-coloured paper;
inscribed lower right: Cathedral of SEVILLE





204 by 162 mm.
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Catalogue Note

Roberts arrived in Seville from Xerez in late April 1833. He was mightily impressed, writing to his artist friend, David Ramsey Hay, on 4 May: 'Sufice it to say... it exceeds my expectations... The cathedral... is one of the most magnificant structures of the kind in the world'.1 He remained there until October whereupon he returned home to Britain.

The present drawing is related to the lower right hand part of a lithograph by W. Gauci, after Roberts, that was published as plate 3 in Hodgson & Graves' Picturesque Sketches in Spain in 1837. We are grateful to Krystyna Matyjaszkiewicz for her help when cataloging this lot. 

1. National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

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