David Roberts – In the Cathedral

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David Roberts RA, British (1796 – 1864)
In the Cathedral
Oil on panel
20.75 x 16.25 inches

Private collection, United Kingdom

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David Roberts RA was born in Edinburgh in 1796.  From humble background, he quickly developed his artistic skills to creating set design for theatres in London and Edinburgh, including the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and the Royal Opera house.  In 1824 he visited Normandy where he made drawings of gothic buildings and went on to visit much of Europe.  Many of these drawings he later translated into oils and watercolours. He was a contributor for many years to the Landscape Annual and became an associate member of the Royal Academy in 1839 and a full member two years later, and from 1842 he was a member of the Society of British Artists. He exhibited in London at the Suffolk Street Gallery.

Artwork Description

This painting is an unconventional landscape. Roberts portrays the immense beauty of religion through his depiction of a cathedral. The space is made to look grand and large as a cathedral is but the mere size of everything due to the angle in his composition, really solidifies this godly feeling. The viewer is made small but not in a way that feels belittling however made small in a way that encapsulates us in the painting, in a metaphoric way the viewer is being embraced by the religion.

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