Uploaded on Jul 24, 2010
- Paintings by - David Roberts
- Music - theme from "The Mummy 1999"- Imhotep - SeriousTrouble
- Music composed & conducted by Jerry Goldsmith
David Roberts was born on October 24, 1796 at Stock bridge, Edinburgh in Scotland. He exhibited immense artistic talents as a child through his excellent sketches of Scottish monuments and castles. His family encouraged his artistic endowments and he started out as an apprentice to a house painter and decorator. During his seven-year tenure here, he learned art in the evening classes.
David started out on his tour of Egypt in 1838. Between 1833 and 1838, he sold his oil paintings, watercolors and earned commissions for book illustrations. He used this money for his second expedition to Egypt. David was the first English artist to draw the magnificent Egyptian monuments.
David sailed forth from London in August 1838. He went through France, Marseilles, Malta, Greece, and then reached Alexandria in September. From here, he hired a boat, its crew, and a servant and went to Cairo. He visited the pyramids, Sphinx and went ahead with the river journey. During this trip, he visited and surveyed innumerable monuments and temples along River Nile.
During his travels up and downriver Nile, he depicted the lively colors of Cairo, minute ruins, and symbolic details of images and monuments in his watercolors. His drawings highlight the Egyptians monuments before restoration. He put all his visits into more than a hundred sketches, mostly on his way back down the river.
The second part of his Egyptian journey started in 1839. He left Cairo with two of his friends and traveled to Holy Land and modern Lebanon through Suez, Mount Sinai, and Petra. He visited many places from Dan to Beer shebaa.
David only made sketches of places and monuments of the different places he visited. He did not make the complete paintings there itself. Instead, he used the sketches and other material to produce the final paintings in the studio. He returned to England after eleven months.
I selected some of his wonderful & Important works about ancient Egypt in this video .. & wish you enjoy
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Ahmad Farag Elyan
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