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Picturesque Sketches In Spain Taken During the Years 1832 & 1833 By David Roberts

RA Collection: Book

Record number



London,: Published By Henry Graves & Co., Printsellers To The Queen, 60 Pall Mall, East, [1852 or later?], Day & Son Lithrs. to The Queen.

Physical Description

[27] pl. (incl. t.pl. and engr. dedic.); 535 mm.


[T.pl., engr. dedic.] - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

Most plates are unsigned. A few are signed in the plate by David Roberts, or as lithographically printed by Day & Son. In the first issue (with imprint MDCCCXXXVII) the engraved dedication carried on its verso a list of the plates, in which the lithographers were named as T.S. Boys, W. Gauci, T. Allom, T.S. Cooper, L. Haghe and D. Roberts.

The work is dedicated by David Roberts to the Marquis of Lansdowne.


Royal Institute of British Architects, British Architectural Library ... Early printed books, 3 (1999), no. 2797, p. 1659 [on the 1837 ed.]; Travel In Aquatint And Lithography 1770-1860 ... A Bibliographical Catalogue Volume I (repr. 1991), no. 152, p.130-1 [on the 1837 ed.].

A. Gimenez Cruz, Espana pintoresca de David Roberts: el viaje y los grabados del pintor (2002); H. Guiterman and B. Llewellyn, ed., David Roberts [exhibition catalogue] (1986); J. Ballantine, The life of David Roberts R.A. (1866).

Summary Note

The work had first been published in 1837 (with the imprint, 'London. Hodgson & Graves, Printsellers To The King, 6, Pall Mall. MDCCCXXXVII. Printed at C. Hullmandel's Lithographic Establishment, 49, Great Marlborough Street'). The present issue carries no publication-date, but Henry Graves was not appointed Printseller to the Queen until 1839, and it was about 1844 that he began to publish independently as 'Henry Graves & Co.' (formerly having traded jointly with Moon, Boys, Hodgson or Warmsley). 'Day & Son' was the name of a firm which came into use in about 1852 (the firm formerly having been known as Day & Haghe).

The plates show interior and exterior views of buildings in Burgos, Madrid, Córdoba, Granada, Gibraltar, Jérez and Seville, with figures and animals.


Purchased for RA Library in 1871 (see 'Library Report for the Year 1871', RA Annual Report, Appendix No. 7, p. 27).

Binding Note

19th-century half red morocco, red cloth-covered boards, upper cover carrying green gilt-decorated cloth cartouche (pasted on from earlier binding?) lettered 'Roberts's Spanish Sketches'; spine lettered 'Roberts's Spanish Sketches' and 'R.A.'

Name as Subject


Architecture - Public buildings - Spain - History
Drawings - Great Britain - 19th century - Picturesque, the
Views - Travel sketches - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Lithographs - Great Britain - 19th century


David Roberts RA, source artist, lithographer
Henry Graves, publisher
Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne, dedicatee
Thomas Shotter Boys, lithographer
W. Gauci, lithographer
Thomas Allom, lithographer
Thomas Sidney Cooper RA, lithographer
Louis Haghe, lithographer
Henry Graves and Company, publisher
Day and Son, lithographic printer