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DAVID ROBERTS, R.A. | One of two Colossal Statues of Rameses II. Entrance to the Temple of Luxor

10,000 - 15,000 GBP
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  • Roberts
  • One of two Colossal Statues of Rameses II. Entrance to the Temple of Luxor
  • indistinctly signed David Roberts R.A. lower right, inscribed as titled lower left
  • watercolour over pencil, heightened with bodycolour
  • 32.9 by 25 cm., 13 by 9 3/4 in.


Hildegard Fritz-Denneville Fine Arts, London
Purchased from the above by 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 the 23 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 the 1 December he wrote ‘December and the weather like our summer! Commenced and finished at Luxor…’ (MS Eastern Journal, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh).

We are very grateful to Briony Llewellyn for her help when cataloguing this lot.