Portico of the Temple of Bacchus, Baalbec

David Roberts, 1839-05-06 begun; 1842 - 1844 probably finished

WAG 8167

About this object

This sketch probably relates to two other works by Roberts; a painting and a lithograph. The painting, 'Remains of the Portico of the Lesser Temple of Baalbec', was exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 1840. It is now owned by the Walker Art Gallery. The lithograph appeared in volume II of Roberts' 'The Holy Land: Syri, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt and Nubia', 1842 - 1849. The print was made by Louis Haghe (1806 - 1855) and dated 1 August 1843. The Walker's watercolour only differs from the painting and lithograph in the figures and minor details.

Two accounts by Roberts of his journey to Baalbec exist, one in manuscript, and the other published by James Ballantine (1806 - 1877) in his book 'The Life of David Roberts R.A', published in 1866. Roberts arrived at Baalbec on 2 May 1839 and left on the 8th, after having 'completed a number of drawings'.

Ballantine refers to Roberts making finished drawings from his sketches for publication between 1842 and 1844. This watercolour is inscribed 'May 6th 1839' but it is probable that at least the figures in this watercolour were inserted after his return from the East.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    David Roberts (British: Scottish, born:24 October 1796, died:25 November 1864)
  • Date
    1839-05-06 begun; 1842 - 1844 probably finished
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Gouache; Pen; Ink; Paper
  • Measurements
    51 x 36.2 cm
  • Physical description
    Ruins of a temple.
  • Related people
    Agnew's Gallery (Previous owner); Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire (Previous owner); Francis Egerton (Previous owner); Fine Art Society (Previous owner); W H Holdsworth (Previous owner); David Roberts (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 8167
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by C F J Beausire in 1972
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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Publications

  • English Watercolours in the Collection of C F J Beausire

    Edward Morris

    Author: Edward Morris
    Publisher: Walker Art Gallery, Printed by Elliot Bros. & Yeoman Ltd.
    Date: 1970
    Description:

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1972
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to Walker Art Gallery in 1972
  • Fine Art Society

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • W H Holdsworth

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Agnew's Gallery

    Owned from: 1870
    How acquired: Bought at Christie's on 2 April 1870, Lot 78
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Francis Egerton

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1870
    Disposal method: Sold at Christie's on 2 April 1870, Lot 78

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: Baalbec May 6th 1839
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    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front
  • Inscription text: Fine Art Society, 83, April 1961 / From W.H. Houldsworth Collection
    Inscription method: Label
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Backing
  • Inscription text: David Roberts R.A.
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    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Backing
  • Inscription text: 7084, 0/74
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    Inscription location: Backing
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