Revealing the Splendours of Ancient Egypt: David Roberts – Artist Extraordinary
Saturday 3 June 2017
Venue Oakwood Centre
By Clive Barham Carter
David Roberts, son of a Scottish shoemaker, became one of the most celebrated artists in Victorian England. He had an extraordinary talent, drawing and painting by virtue of little or no training, but by an exceptional pictorial memory. From drawing copies of circus posters on his mother's kitchen wall, he progressed to scene paining (in Scotland and then in London at Covent Garden and Drury Lane) and thereafter to watercolours and large oil paintings.
His early travels in Spain were published with great success, but it is for his Egyptian travels that he is best known. His pictures of the moments, bathed in golden light and always embellished with active figures were lavishly published to huge acclaim – and gave an enormous encouragement to the growing tourist trade. Known and liked by the Victorian establishment (Price Albert was an admirer) and artists alike, he never forgot a friend in need.
Concentrating in particular on his Egyptian pictures, this lecture will introduce the life and art of an amazing man.
Clive Barham Carter studied History and Egyptology at Cambridge, though he spent most of the time as a Stage Manager in the University theatre. He joined the staff at Charterhouse to teach History, and stayed there 30 years, becoming a Housemaster, Deputy Head and Acting Head. He worked for the National Gardens Scheme and thereafter, in retirement, began lecturing to Guildford Institute, the U3A and NADFAS on Ancient Egypt. Clive is devoted to his wife of 40 years, two dogs and a 1933 Rolls-Royce.
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