(1796 - 1864)
David Roberts was active/lived in United Kingdom, England, Scotland. David Roberts is known for painting-scenes of Egypt, Holy Land, and Africa.
A painter whose reputation was made by the paintings he did of exotic
lands, David Roberts was born and raised in Stockbridge, near
Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, John Roberts, was an
impoverished shoemaker, who, with his wife Christine, tried to support
five children in a small house on Duncan's Land by the Water of
Leith. The house remains standing in the 21st century. Only
two of the children lived to maturity.
Roberts' mother encouraged his obvious art talent, and allowed him to
sketch in charcoal on the white washed walls of the house. At the
age ot twelve, he apprenticed for a summer to Gavin Beugo, a decorator
from Edinburgh, and this training, demanding fifteen hours a day, was
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