Roberts, David, a British artist, was born at Stockbridge, near Edinburgh, Oct. 24, 1796. He was apprenticed as a house painter in his native place, but, going to London in 1822, he found employment as a scene painter for Drury Lane Theater. In 1832-33 he went to Spain, and in 1838-9 made a tour through Syria, Egypt, and other Eastern countries. In 1841 he was elected a member of the Royal Academy. Mr. Roberts died in London, Nov. 25, 1864. Among his paintings are, Ruins of the Great Temple of Karnak: — Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives: — Interior of the Cathedral at
Burgos: — Chancel of the Collegiate Church of St. Paul, Antwerp. Among his books, the following are the principal: Picturesque Views in Spain and Morocco (Lond. 1835-38): — The Holy Land, Egypt, Nubia, Arabic, etc. (1842-48, 4 vols. fol.). See Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.; Appletons' Cyclop. s.v.