Mount Tabor

Method Lithograph with tint stone
Artist after David Roberts
Published London, Published Augt. 15th. 1855, by Day & Son, 17, Gate Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields
Dimensions Image 128 x 178 mm, Sheet 202 x 285 mm
Notes Plate 27 from Volume 1 of the small format reprint of Roberts' The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia. A view of Mount Tabor, on the plain of the Jezreel Valley in Lower Galilee. Mount Tabor's unusual position on an otherwise wide and flat plain has made it an important strategic position since antiquity, and it has been fortified many times since at least the 12th century BC. In the third century AD, it was identified by Origen as the site of Christ's Transfiguration, and has been a locus for Christian pilgrimage since. In Roberts' view, the mountain is depicted on the horizon, its top partly obscured by a band of cloud. In the foreground, a large group of travellers stand on a rocky outcrop overlooking the plain, while a string of pilgrims wind their way along a road towards the mountain.

David Roberts RA (24th October 1796 – 25th November 1864) was a Scottish painter. He is especially known for a prolific series of detailed prints of Egypt and the Near East produced during the 1840s from sketches made during long tours of the region (1838-1840). This work, and his large oil paintings of similar subjects, made him a prominent Orientalist painter. He was elected as a Royal Academician in 1841.

The firm of Day & Haghe was one of the most prominent lithographic companies of the nineteenth-century. They were also amongst the foremost pioneers in the evolution of chromolithography. The firm was established in 1823 by William Day, but did not trade under the moniker of Day & Haghe until the arrival of Louis Haghe in 1831. In 1838, Day & Haghe were appointed as Lithographers to the Queen. However, and perhaps owing to the fact that there was never a formal partnership between the two, Haghe left the firm in the 1850's to devote himself to watercolour painting. The firm continued as Day & Son under the guidance of William Day the younger (1823 - 1906) but, as a result of a scandal involving Lajos Kossuth, was forced into liquidation in 1867. Vincent Brookes bought the company in the same year, and would produce the caricatures for Gibson Bowles' Vanity Fair magazine, as well as the illustrations for Cassells's Poultry Book, amongst other commissions.

Condition: Light foxing to margins, not affecting image.
Framing unmounted
Price £25.00
Stock ID 39342