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William Henry Bartlett (1809-1854)



9 x 13 inches

The Estate Sale of Bartlett's Watercolour Drawings,
Southgate and Barrett, 22 Fleet Street, London, 29 January 1855, Lot 117

'Chris Beetles Summer Show 2016', No 18

the very irregularity and strangeness of the architectural combinations have something that better harmonizes with the romantic situation and singular forms of the surrounding rocks than a more pure and regular design might, perhaps, have possessed. And here I should not omit to notice what every traveller has been struck with, and what, in fact, particularly in this range of tombs and in this side of the city, forms one of the most striking peculiarities of Petra – I mean the colouring of its rocks, which is wild, fantastic, and unique, as indeed, is everything else about the place.
(William Henry Bartlett,
Forty Days in the Desert on The Track of the Israelites, London: Arthur Hall, Virtue & Co, 1848, page 134)

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