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PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

David Roberts, R.A.
ONE OF TWO COLOSSAL STATUES OF RAMESES II AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE TEMPLE OF LUXOR
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416

PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

David Roberts, R.A.
ONE OF TWO COLOSSAL STATUES OF RAMESES II AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE TEMPLE OF LUXOR
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Details & Cataloguing

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David Roberts, R.A.
EDINBURGH 1796 - 1864 LONDON
ONE OF TWO COLOSSAL STATUES OF RAMESES II AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE TEMPLE OF LUXOR
Watercolour over pencil, heightened with bodycolour;
indistinctly signed lower right: David Roberts R.A., inscribed as titled lower left
329 by 250 mm.
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Provenance

With Hildegard Fritz-Denneville Fine Arts, London
by whom sold to the present owner in 1975



Lithographed:

by Louis Haghe for Egypt and Nubia (vol. I), in The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Egypt and Nubia, London 1849, pl. 33 (with the above title) & 1856, vol. IV, p. 158 (as Colossal Statue at the Entrance to the Temple of Luxor)  

Catalogue Note

On his journey up the Nile, Roberts visited the Temple of Luxor on 23rd October 1838, and he noted in his journal that ‘At each side of the gateway there are two colossal sitting figures buried up to the chest and sadly mauled like everything else that came within reach of the hammer.’ On the return journey there was more time to make drawings and once he had arrived back at Luxor in late November he spent several days making drawings in the vicinity. On 1st December he wrote ‘December and the weather like our summer! Commenced and finished at Luxor…’.1 We are grateful to Briony Llewellyn for her help when cataloguing this lot.

1. MS Eastern Journal, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

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