Gathered over the years, from various sources in different countries, the collection of sixteen lithographs is a definitive piece of history. They artistically document the region- mirroring the Levant from that time, capturing aspects of life, people and nature. Such realistic visual records give a richness of details that could not be verbalized or written down, adding to their value and timeless appeal.
In many cases, the explorer or cartographer would draw the scene from where they were standing, similar to the “plein air technique”, and afterwards the lithographer would etch the drawing into a metal plate to be printed in a limited edition. Many of the prints were used in the production of large-sized books that were collected widely among European aristocrats as a manifestation of refinement and art appreciation.