Egyptian Temple about 1838
  • Scottish Art
Roberts’s first continental tour was undertaken in 1832 when he visited Spain. In 1838-9 he travelled to Egypt and the Holy Land, and in the early 1850s twice made tours of Italy. He notably used his Near Eastern and Spanish studies as the basis for very successful lithographs and oil paintings. This drawing is thought to be a study of the Temple of Horus and Sobek at Kom Ombo, Upper Egypt, just south of Aswan.

Glossary Open


A printmaking technique using a stone or zinc plate to which the image is applied with a greasy material. After wetting the plate, greasy ink is applied. The ink sticks only to the drawn image and not the wet surface, thus creating a reproduction when applied to paper.



  • Acc. No. RSA 587
  • Medium Sepia wash on paper
  • Size 11.10 x 17.50 cm
  • Credit David Laing Bequest to the Royal Scottish Academy on loan 1974