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Rare Scenes of Israel

A stunning look at the Land of Israel by one of the first artists to capture it on canvas


David Roberts was the son of a cobbler from Edinburgh, Scotland. Like many artists of his time, Roberts traveled the world to capture distant and exotic scenes. After a time in Spain and Morocco, he traveled to the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea in 1838, and was one of the first painters to document landscapes of the Land of Israel.

In his travels around Egypt, Petra,…