Landscapes of a Levant that isn’t coming back. Colored lithographic plates from C. W. M. Van de Velde’s 1857 work “Le Pays d’Israel.” All of the landscapes are of what was then part of the Ottoman province of Syria.

Le Pays d’Isreal: Wady Fasail le Torrent de Kerith. Page 16 of C. W. M. Van de Velde’s Le Pays d’Israel. Published in Paris, France in 1857 by Jules Renouard. Printed in Paris by Lemercier. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/cwm-van-de-velde-le-pays-d-israel-1857/page/16/mode/1up

Beirout: Vue prise de la route de Schemlän. Page 17 of C. W. M. Van de Velde’s Le Pays d’Israel. L. Sabatier, lithographer. Printed in Paris by Lemercier. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/cwm-van-de-velde-le-pays-d-israel-1857/page/17/mode/1up

Le Village de A’Beyh: Mont Liban S. E. de Beirout. Page 18 of C. W. M. Van de Velde’s Le Pays d’Israel. Eugene Ciceri, lithographer. Printed in Paris by Lemercier. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://archive.org/details/cwm-van-de-velde-le-pays-d-israel-1857/page/18/mode/1up

Camels, all of these works having one or more. French, painted by Orientalist painter Charles-Théodore Frère (1814-1888). Studying at the École des Beaux-Arts, he later accompanied the Empress Eugénie and her party to Egypt in 1869.

An Arab Encampment.” 19th c. French. Oil on panel. Signed “TH. FRÈRE” on the lower left. Identified on a label from Mathaf Gallery, Ltd., London, affixed to the reverse. Image © 1999 – 2020 SKINNER, INC. Fair use license. via https://live.skinnerinc.com/lots/view/4-1KAOQJ/charles-thodore-frre-french-1814-1888
“Desert Encampment.” 19th c. French. Oil on canvas. Signed on the lower right. Image source: Sotheby’s. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Desert_Encampment_by_Charles_Th%C3%A9odore_Fr%C3%A8re.jpg
Paysage d’Algérie.” 1838. French. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Musée d’art et d’histoire de Narbonne. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Charles-Th%C3%A9odore_Fr%C3%A8re_-_Paysage_d%27Alg%C3%A9rie.jpg