David Roberts was born in Scotland in 1796. He moves to London where he achieved a favorable reputation as an artist. In 1838 he traveled to Egypt and the Holy Land to paint the monuments, architecture and people and upon his return to England, his works were published in conjunction with lithographer Louis Haghe, in a six volume set, in which all 248 lithographs were hand-colored. The first three volumes in the set depicted Egypt and Nubia, the second three, the Holy Land. The set was sold by subscription in monthly installments and it became an immediate success.
Roberts gained admission to the Royal Academy and continued to travel and paint until his death in 1864.