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David Roberts (1796-1864) a painter, was perhaps best known for his series of lithographs documenting scenes from his travels in Egypt and the Near East. Considered an Orientalist, his vibrant lithographs opened up his visions of the East to his Western public.
Roberts also created numerous drawings and oil sketches during a trip to Spain at the very beginning of his career as an artist. Spain was little-known country in Britain, and these works were later published by John Murray in a volume entitled, Picturesque Sketches from Spain.