David Roberts: artist and adventurer

‘His pictures are determined to take your breath away. The artist tries every pictorial trick in the book, from the dramatically plunging perspective to the lonely ruin on a hill’  Waldemar Januszczak

Stockbridge-born artist and adventurer David Roberts is the subject of a current exhibition at the National Gallery of Scotland.

David Roberts by David Octavius Hill, 1847 www.capitalcollections.org.uk

David Roberts by David Octavius Hill, 1847 http://www.capitalcollections.org.uk

And to accompany the exhibition, here at the Fine Art Library we’re displaying material by and about Roberts including his magisterial volumes on ‘The Holy Land, Arabia, Egypt and Nubia’. (1842- 1849)

As Roberts’ entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography states:

He was the first independent, professional British artist to travel so extensively in the Near East… No publication before this had presented so comprehensive a series of views of the monuments, landscape, and people of the Near East. Roberts was to paint more oils of the East than of any other region he visited, exhibiting thirty-one at the Royal Academy alone. These received critical acclaim and sold for high prices.

The volumes will be on display until 31 March. And if you want to find out more about Roberts’ life and work we’ve put together some suggested reading material.

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