Nov 24

Here are some interesting renditions of Ancient Egypt

TempleGiza 1Courtyard 1SphinxCourtyard 2 Giza 2

Above Renditions from Millmores Ancient Egypt Site

Link - Millmores Ancient Egypt

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Pictures of Egypt

Abu SimbelThe First Pylon

Views of Abu Simbel(Left) and The First Pylon at Karnak

The Temple of IsisThe Temple of Horus

Views of the Temple of Isis(Left) and The Temple of Horus

 

Rendition of Isis

An Artist Rendition of the Temple of Isis

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David Roberts RA (1796-1864) Egypt Collection

David Roberts (1796-1864)was born is Scotland in 1796,and started as a house-painter and decorator. However, in the evenings he studied art, and in 1820 he met Clarkson Stanfield, who encouraged him in an art career. After moving to London, he achieved a respectable reputation as an artist prior to 1838 when he traveled to Egypt and the Holy Land to paint the monuments, architecture and people. In the course of two and a half months in 1838, travelling some 800 miles south from Cairo, David Roberts recorded the monumental temple sites along the Nile in more than a hundred sketches.

In 1839 he undertook the second part of his journey, leaving Cairo in the company of two friends, travelling through Suez, Mount Sinai and Petra, and continuing on up through the Holy Land and into modern day Lebanon. Having visited the most remarkable places from Dan to Beersheba, he finally returned home after some eleven months.

Upon his return to England, David Roberts submitted his drawings to F.G Moon in London, an enterprising publisher, who arranged for Roberts to superintend their reproduction into lithographs, a task entrusted to a Louis Hague. Preparing the plates for production took almost eight years. His works were published (in conjunction with the lithographer Louis Haghe) in a six volume set, in which all 248 lithographs were hand colored. The first three volumes depicted Egypt and Nubia; the second three, the Holy Land. The set, which was sold by subscription, was an immediate success. Roberts was admitted to the Royal Academy and he continued to travel and paint until his death in 1864.

What follows is a small collection of his work in Egypt. What is evident is the accuracy of his work in depicting these structures, and also to give us some insight as to what these structures looked like in the 1800's, before the excavations of the 20th century.

Here is a selection of some of his Egyptian Lithographs

Impressions of Karnak

Impressions of the Sphinx

Impressions of Edfu

Impressions of Abu Simbel

Impressions of Philae

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