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Syria, The Holy Land, Asia Minor, &c

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (printed)

  • Date:

    1836-8 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bartlett, William Henry, born 1809 - died 1854 (artist)
    Robert Sands, born 1792 - died 1855 (engraver)
    Fisher, Son & Co. (publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, Shell International and the Friends of the V&A

  • Museum number:

    SP.78:17

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case 87, shelf TOP

Physical description

Etching of the Barada river in Syria from 'Syria, The Holy Land, Asia Minor, &c', illustrated views printed in 3 series over 2 volumes (37 plates, 37 plates, and 48 plates for each series respectively) including maps and title pages. Bound in publisher's cloth. Each plate lettered with title, artist's name, engraver's name, publisher's name and date.

Place of Origin

Britain (printed)

Date

1836-8 (printed)

Artist/maker

Bartlett, William Henry, born 1809 - died 1854 (artist)
Robert Sands, born 1792 - died 1855 (engraver)
Fisher, Son & Co. (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Etching on paper

Dimensions

Height: 28.5 cm Size of covers, Width: 21.7 cm

Descriptive line

Etching entitled 'The River Barada, The Ancient Pharpar' from 'Syria, The Holy Land, Asia Minor, &c', illustrated views printed in 3 series over 2 volumes, drawn by W. H. Bartlett and William Purser, with descriptive text by John Carne. Published by Fisher & Son, with series I and II bound together. British School, 1836-8.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Pharpar (or Pharphar) is a biblical river in Syria. It is the less important of the two rivers of Damascus mentioned in the Book of Kings (2 Kings 5:12), now generally identified with the A`waj (i.e. crooked), though if the reference to Damascus be limited to the city, as in the Arabic version of the Old Testament, Pharpar would be the modern Taura.
In the early Baedeker Guides it was identified as the Al-Sabirani, a fairly downstream tributary of the A`waj. The stream runs from west to east, flowing from Hermon south of Damascus, and like its companion Abana River travels across the plain of Damascus, which owes to them much of its fertility. The river loses itself in marshes, or Lakes of the Marj, as they are called, on the borders of the great Arabian desert.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Etching; Printing

Subjects depicted

Rivers

Categories

Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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