The Holy Tree of Meterah, Egypt. Coloured lithograph by Louis Haghe after David Roberts, 1849.
- Roberts, David, 1796-1864.
- 1 July 1849
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The Coptic and Greek Christians believe this ancient sycamore tree to be the one under which the Holy Family rested when they fled from Bethlehem into Egypt to avoid the persecution of Herod
The Holy Tree, Meterah ; David Roberts R.A. L. Haghe lith
London (20 Threadneedle Street) : F.G. Moon, 1 July 1849.
1 print : lithograph with tint plate, with watercolour and gum arabic.
Travel in aquatint and lithography 1770-1860 from the library of J.R. Abbey, San Francisco 1991, vol. 1, 272.III.101
Wellcome Library no. 33800i
David Roberts travelled in the Middle East and North Africa, particularly Egypt, from 1838 to 1839. During his journey, Roberts produced a great number of sketches. He developed these into watercolours, which were the basis for the series of 247 lithographs called The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia, published between 1842 and 1849