Interior of St Peters, Rome

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Interior of St Peters, Rome

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height: 117cm
width: 178cm


Large painting of the inside of a cathedral, giving a strong feeling of space and scale. The view looks up the aisle with arches to either side. Every part of the building is decorated. Tiny figures of people sit in pews and flock the open space in the foreground emphasing the size of the building.

From the collection of Alexander Chalmers.

Production person

Roberts, David (R.A.)

Production person note

David Roberts started his career as a scene painter in a travelling company, after apprenticing for seven years to a house painter. In 1822 he was on the permanent staff of the Theatre Royal, Edinburgh, but left for a scene painting post at the Drury Lane Theatre in London, settling near Covent Garden. In 1824, he joined the Society of British Artists, and exhibited at the Suffolk Street Gallery. Around this time Roberts made his first visit to Europe, painting places that he visited. In 1826, Roberts made his first submission to the Royal Academy, a painting of Rouen Cathedral.
Roberts wandered and painted all over Europe, continuing to Egypt, travelling up the Nile into Ethiopia. He also spent a year in Palestine, dressed like the locals, and drawing and painting prolifically. Upon his return to England in 1840, he published a book, ‘Views of the Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, and Nubia’. After this he was elected to the Royal Academy but resumed travelling around Europe. He exhibited regularly with the Royal Academy for nearly 30 years. His style varies little and he always retained his own sense of colour rather than that of the location he was painting. His paintings of Western Europe were done in the Dutch style, and his strength lay in his feeling for architectural effect, composition, and detail. His works hang in the National Gallery, the Victoria & Albert, City Gallery, Edinburgh National Gallery, and the Wallace Collection.

Born 1796, died 1864

Object number

CH 1996.25

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