David Roberts (1796-1864) was a Scottish topographical artist who toured the Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia in the late 1830s. It is likely that the present views are based on the sketches he compiled. The drawings of his tour were submitted to F.G. Moon who arranged to bring out a work illustrative of scripture history published as lithographs by Louis Haghe with historical descriptions by the Revd. George Croly and William Brockedon, London, 1842-1849.