Egyptian Landscape with a Distant View of the Pyramids

Egyptian Landscape with a Distant View of the Pyramids

David Roberts, Scottish, British, 1796-1864
Oil paint on canvas
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust

David Roberts 
British, 1796–1864
Egyptian Landscape with a Distant View of the Pyramids, 1862 
Oil paint on canvas
Signed and dated at lower left, David Roberts R.A. 1862; inscribed by the artist on reverse, To Dr. Henry Bench Jones / With the Artists [sic] Best / Wishes / July 14th, 1862.
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2018.24

This object is currently on view
image height: 15 in, 38.1000 cm; image width: 24 in, 60.9600 cm; frame height: 19 3/4 in, 50.1650 cm; frame width: 28 11/16 in, 72.8663 cm; frame depth: 2 1/2 in, 6.3500 cm
European and American Art Before 1900
European Painting and Sculpture before 1900

In the 1830s, David Roberts was one of the first British artists to make a comprehensive study of Egypt. Back in London, his topographically accurate pictures sold well to a fascinated public. Later in his life Roberts gave rein to his imagination, as in this picture, combining the pyramids at Giza with the half-buried Temple of Edfu in the foreground—their actual locations nearly 500 miles apart. 

Known Provenance
Given by the artist to Dr. Henry Bence Jones; M. Kerkhoven; his sale, Christie's, London, December 4, 1959, lot 64; from which acquired by Ian Low; with Jeremy Maas Gallery, Lndon 1969; from which acquired by [Mr.?] Ross; sale, Sotheby's, London, April 12, 1995, lots 84; sale, Sotheby's, London, November 12, 1997, lot 112; from which acquired by William M. B. Berger and Bernadette Johnson Berger, Denver; Berger Collection Educational Trust; gifted to the Denver Art Museum, 2018. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum and we will post information as it becomes available. Please e-mail, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.
Exhibition History
  • “Treasures from the Berger Collection: British Paintings 1400-2000” — Denver Art Museum, 10/2/2014 – 9/9/2018