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David Roberts, R.A. (1796-1864)
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David Roberts, R.A. (1796-1864)

The Moorish Tower at Seville, called the Giralda

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David Roberts, R.A. (1796-1864)
The Moorish Tower at Seville, called the Giralda
signed and dated 'David Roberts 1833' (lower right)
pencil and watercolour with gum arabic, heightened with touches of bodycolour on grey paper
9 x 13¼ in. (23 x 33.8 cm.)
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with Davis Galleries, New York, where purchased for the present collection.
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Roberts travelled to France in the Autumn of 1832 and from there journeyed onto Spain arriving in Madrid on 16 December 1832 where he stayed for three weeks. He travelled on to Cordoba for three weeks and then Granada, from there he continued onto Cadiz, Jerez and Seville, where he spent five months, finally returning to England on 22 October 1833. In 1834 he exhibited another view of the same scene entitled The Moorish Tower at Seville at the Society of British Artists. The Giralda was a favourite subject for Roberts and a version was engraved for J. Redway, Landscape Annual, 1836, facing p. 121.

The Giralda, the bell tower of the Cathedral, takes its name from the weathervane (giraldillo) surmounting it.
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