Lot 6
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DAVID ROBERTS, R.A. | Island of Philoe [sic] on the Nile, Nubia

12,000 - 18,000 GBP
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  • Roberts
  • Island of Philoe [sic] on the Nile, Nubia
  • signed and dated David Roberts, R.A. 1847, lower left, inscribed as titled lower right
  • watercolour over pencil, heightened with bodycolour
  • 16.1 by 23.5 cm., 6 3/8 by 9 1/4 in.


Sale: Sotheby's, London, 9 February 1955, lot 65
Katz (purchased at the above sale)
Sale: Sotheby's, London, 21 November 1968, lot 59
Appleby, London (purchased at the above sale)
Spink, London
Purchased from the above by the present owner

by Louis Haghe for Egypt and Nubia (vol. II), in The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Egypt and Nubia, London 1849, pl. 54 (with the above title) & 1856, vol. V, pl. 179

Catalogue Note

On the journey upstream, Roberts arrived as Aswan on the 29 October and the following day he visited Philae. He described it as ‘a paradise in the midst of desolation. Its ruins even at a distance are more picturesque than any I have seen…’ (MS Eastern Journal, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh) Roberts was back at Philae on the 17 November and he spent several days drawing there.

The present work, which shows the Island of Philae with the Kiosk of Trajan on the left and the Temple of Isis on right, was drawn when Roberts was back in London and was lithographed by Louis Haghe. We are very grateful to Briony Llewellyn for her help when cataloguing this lot.