Lot 11
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DAVID ROBERTS, R.A. | Tétouan from the terrace of Cohen's house, Morocco

25,000 - 35,000 GBP
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  • Roberts
  • Tétouan from the terrace of Cohen's house, Morocco
  • signed D. Roberts lower left, inscribed and dated Tituan [sic] from the Terrace of Cohen's house in the / Jews tow[n] april 10th 1833 lower centre
  • watercolour over pencil, heightened with bodycolour and gum arabic, on two joined sheets of grey paper
  • 23 by 67.9 cm., 9 1/8 by 26 3/4 in.


The artist's studio sale, Christie's, London, 15 May 1865, lot 350
Sale: Christie's, London, 25 January 1902, lot 90 
Mrs Viola Bicknell
Sale: Christie's, London, 17 June 1969, lot 170
Agnew's, London (purchased at the above sale)
Purchased from the above by the present owner, circa 1971


London, Architectural Association, 9 Conduit Street, A Collection of Pictures, Drawings, Sketches, & Etchings by David Roberts, RA, 1865, no. 616
London, Agnew's, 1970, no. 116
King's Lynn, Agnew's, 1970, no. 63
London, Agnew's, 1971, no. 153

Catalogue Note

Roberts made a short visit to Morocco from Gibraltar in March 1833 and he enthused in a letter home that ‘Here indeed I am in a New World.' ... it would be unpardonable for me to leave a country now I am here of which so little is known and I have opportunities of making studies that none but myself has ever had' (Letter from Roberts to David Ramsay Hay from Tangiers, 29 March 1833, National Library of Scotland). As well as visiting Tangiers, Roberts spent eight days exploring the Mediterranean port of Tétouan. There he stayed in the Jewish quarter with the Cohen family and Mr Cohen acted as his guide and interpreter.

We are very grateful to Krystyna Matyjaszkiewicz for her help when cataloguing this lot.