Gift of J. Byers Hays 1953.535
Louis Haghe was appointed Lithographer to the Queen in 1838.
By the mid-1800s, the complexities of printing in numerous colors had been mastered, culminating in one of the high points of European printmaking. The plates drawn by Louis Haghe, which copy the watercolors that David Roberts made in Egypt, are examples of color lithography. Haghe, a Scottish topographical and architectural artist, spent a year traveling across this ancient land in 1838. The resulting prints––the first comprehensive series of views of the monuments, landscapes, and people of the Near East––were appreciated for their brilliant color and large scale.
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