The bazaar of the silk mercers in Cairo with a man smoking a long-stemmed pipe. Coloured lithograph by L. Haghe, c. 1848, after D. Roberts.

  • Roberts, David, 1796-1864.
1 December 1848
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The space between two walls of the Sultan al-Ghuri complex is shown roofed over and used as a space for a silk-market, with much gathering for gossip, coffee, and smoking as well as for manufacture and sale of goods. Today (2004) the buildings are still there but the market has disappeared, and the unroofed space is a through-road for car traffic


London (20 Threadneedle Street) : F. G. Moon, 1 December 1848.

Physical description

1 print : lithograph with tint plate, with watercolour


Bazaar of the silk mercers, Cairo David Roberts R. A. L. Haghe lith

References note

Travel in aquatint and lithography 1770-1860 from the library of J.R. Abbey, San Francisco 1991, vol. 1, 272.III.96


Wellcome Collection 25485i

Creator/production credits

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
The entire series of 247 lithographs was divided into six volumes, which were also available as two separate publications of three volumes each. The three volumes of Middle Eastern subjects are called The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia, often referred to as "The Holy Land". The remaining three volumes are called Egypt & Nubia


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