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David Roberts

(1796-1864), Painter

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 13 portraits
At the age of ten Roberts was apprenticed for seven years to an Edinburgh house painter, spending his evenings studying art. On completing his apprenticeship he began painting theatrical scenery. In 1822 the Edinburgh Fine Arts Institution accepted three of his paintings for exhibition; shortly afterwards he moved to London and began work at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. He continued both scenery and easel painting until 1830, when his success exhibiting and selling the latter allowed him to become a full-time artist. For the rest of his life Roberts travelled widely in Europe and the Far East and used the sketches he made on these trips as source material for his highly successful and popular paintings.

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David Roberts, by David Octavius Hill, and  Robert Adamson - NPG P6(90)

David Roberts

by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
calotype, 1843-1848
NPG P6(90)

David Roberts, after David Octavius Hill, and  Robert Adamson - NPG Ax29539

David Roberts

after David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
carbon print, 1843-1848; published 1928
NPG Ax29539

David Roberts, by Caldesi, Blanford & Co, or by  Leonida Caldesi - NPG Ax14807

David Roberts

by Caldesi, Blanford & Co, or by Leonida Caldesi
albumen carte-de-visite, early 1860s
NPG Ax14807

David Roberts, by Leonida Caldesi, or by  Caldesi, Blanford & Co - NPG Ax11916

David Roberts

by Leonida Caldesi, or by Caldesi, Blanford & Co
albumen carte-de-visite, early 1860s
NPG Ax11916

David Roberts, by John & Charles Watkins - NPG Ax11926

David Roberts

by John & Charles Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax11926

David Roberts, by Ernest Edwards, published by  Lovell Reeve & Co - NPG Ax13825

David Roberts

by Ernest Edwards, published by Lovell Reeve & Co
albumen print, published 1863
NPG Ax13825

David Roberts, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax27723

David Roberts

by Unknown photographer
albumen print
NPG Ax27723

David Roberts, by Charles Baugniet, for  Day & Haghe - NPG D39789

David Roberts

by Charles Baugniet, for Day & Haghe
lithograph, 1844
NPG D39789

David Roberts, by Charles Baugniet, for  Day & Haghe - NPG D39790

David Roberts

by Charles Baugniet, for Day & Haghe
lithograph, 1844
NPG D39790

David Roberts, by Mason Jackson, published by  Illustrated London News, after  Thomas Dewell Scott, after  John & Charles Watkins - NPG D1397

David Roberts

by Mason Jackson, published by Illustrated London News, after Thomas Dewell Scott, after John & Charles Watkins
wood engraving, published 10 December 1864
NPG D1397

David Roberts, by George T. Morgan - NPG D2926

David Roberts

by George T. Morgan
bronze medal, 1875
NPG D2926

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