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The Antiquarium is pleased to present the following compilation of a few of our most favorite current offerings. 
View of Nablus, 1843, David Roberts. Hand-colored lithograph.
David Roberts (1796-1864) was an illustrious lithographer who produced unprecedented aerial perspective landscapes of the Holy Land and Egypt. Roberts grew up in Scotland, and at the age of 26 moved to England to further pursue his artistic career.  The sketches he made during his first tour of Europe in 1824 established him as a romantic travel painter, which was in vogue at the time. At the pinnacle of his career in 1838, he journeyed to Egypt, Syria, and Palestine to paint the environmental and architectural wonders of the region. Roberts was immediately struck by the exotic beauty of the land, and wrote "I cannot express my feelings on seeing these vast monuments." The lithographs were exclusively published by Francis G. Moon in London. Roberts found immediate success, and received just under four hundred advance subscriptions from patrons including Queen Victoria, the Emperor of Russia and the Kings of France, Austria and Prussia.




XVIIe Siecle, c. 1880, Auguste Racinet. Chromolithograph.


Persan Racinet

Persan, c. 1880, Auguste Racinet. Chromolithograph.

Auguste Racinet (1825-1893) flourished in the late 19th century as a renowned chromolithographer specializing in the study of the grammar of the ornament. His Handbook of Ornaments, published in the 1880s, consisted of one hundred plates showing his interpretation of traditional design tastes that dated back to antiquity. These ornamental plates were studied by architects, designers, artists, textile craftsmen, jewelry makers, and more. This collection of vibrant designs is one of the most remarkable works of chromolithography from the second half of the 19th century.


Twining Geranium

Geranium Tribe, 1849-55, Elizabeth Twining. Hand-colored lithograph.

Elizabeth Twining (1805-1889) was born into a wealthy tea trading family, which afforded her the best education that could be provided to a woman during the 19th century. Included in her studies were drawing and art lessons, travel, and access to important museum collections. Elizabeth was a noted admirer of many great botanists and was inspired to draw plants from life at famous gardens including the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew and the Lexden Park in Colchester. Twining joined a select group of women, including Maria Merian and Elizabeth Blackwell, in achieving monumental publishing undertakings in a time when even a privileged woman's life was extremely restricted.