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.
We wish we were in Mexico to celebrate the 154th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo! This day commemorates the triumph of the Mexican army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, and is a definitive moment in which Mexico, as a young nation, was able to defend itself against foreign intervention. As an alternative to celebrating in Mexico, we enjoyed digging through our inventory to find some wonderful antique lithographs showing Mexico during this historic time period.