Sep 10, 2012
Apr 15, 2010

Descent into the Plain of Granada

Descent into the Plain of Granada


David Roberts

(Scottish, 1796–1864)

Watercolor with gouache, scratch-away, and graphite

Support: Off-white wove paper

Sheet: 23.2 x 32.5 cm (9 1/8 x 12 13/16 in.)

Bequest of James Parmelee 1940.563


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This drawing was reproduced as a wood engraving in Roscoe's first volume, The Tourist in Spain: Granada.


Later celebrated for his topographical landscapes of the Middle East, David Roberts’s first extended trip abroad was in 1832 when he traveled through France to Spain over a period of 10 months. This watercolor records a scene from Roberts’s journey from Madrid to Andalusia. He described the trip in a letter to his sister: "I jogged on a considerable part of the way on foot, happy and contented. Granada is in the most beautiful situation that can be imagined. It lies at the foot of a ridge of high mountains, called the Sierra Nevada, or the Mountains of Snow." Replete with burdened mules, a lone figure on foot, and sun-drenched mountains with a view of Granada in the distance, this watercolor vividly illustrates the artist’s recollections.

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