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A group of worshippers at the site of a temple, with the mosque of Omar, Jerusalem, Israel. Coloured lithograph by Louis Haghe after David Roberts, 1846.

Roberts, David, 1796-1864.
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The Mosque of Omar, more usually known as the Dome of the Rock, was built by Caliph Abd-el-Malik (687-705) on the site of the Temple of Solomon. The latter was destroyed against the Emperor's orders, during the Roman sack of Jerusalem in 70 CE. Revered by Moslems as the site from which the prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven, and by Jews and Christians as the place to which Abraham led Isaac intending to sacrifice him


[London (20 Threadneedle Street)] : [F.G. Moon], [1846]

Physical description

1 print : lithograph with tint plate, with watercolour and gum arabic.


Mosque of Omar shewing the site of the temple


Wellcome Library no. 31806i

Publications note

Travel in aquatint and lithography 1770-1860 from the library of J.R. Abbey, San Francisco 1991, vol. 2, 385.I.8.
The Holy Land, London 1990, I - 30-33

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

Lettering note

Bears number in pencil : 7


The entire work consists of 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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