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Series Title:
Objects of instruction : treasures of SOAS
Added title page title:
Roberts, David, 1796-1865
רוברטס, דוד, 1796-1864 ( contributor )
Haghe, Louis, 1806-1885 ( lithographer )
Colour lithograph ( medium )
H68 x W54 cm in


Subjects / Keywords:
Ashḳelon (Israel) ( lcsh )
آسيا -- إسرائيل -- المنطقة الجنوبية -- تل عسقلان
אסיה -- ישראל -- מחוז הדרום -- תל אשקלון
Spatial Coverage:
Asia -- Israel -- Southern District -- Tel Ashkelon
31.65963 x 34.54673


Roberts’ visit to Egypt and Palestine came at a time of rising interest in Europe in touring these regions. The new Egyptian government of Mohammed Ali Pasha (Mehmet Ali Paşa), whose hereditary title to rule in Egypt was recognised by the European powers in 1840, was anxious to promote a more dynamic relationship with Britain. In Palestine, the Ottoman empire permitted the establishment of a British consulate at Jerusalem in 1838. These aids to travel and tourism further stimulated British interest in Palestine, especially in those places associated with the life of Christ. -- Roberts, who came from a poor background near Edinburgh and was initially apprenticed to a house painter to learn drawing, subsequently produced a notable series of oil paintings during the 1840s and 1850s based on his drawings of Egypt and Palestine. (Text by Tom Tomlinson, from the exhibition catalogue: Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Anna Contadini, Editor. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007.) ( en )
General Note:
VIAF (name authority) : Roberts, David, 1796-1864 : 32031418
General Note:
The 'Objects of instruction : the treasures of SOAS' exhibition was funded through a generous gift from the Foyle Foundation and with the support of the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
General Note:
Source: A. Contadini (ed.), Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007. Listed as item number: 106
General Note:
From: David Roberts, R.A., Views From the Holy Land, 1841

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SOAS, University of London
Holding Location:
Brunei Gallery
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