[Plate 7. The Golden Gate, Jerusalem.]
[London: Moore, McQueen & Co, 1864.]
Chromolithograph, scarce. Trimmed to image, laid on board with Werner's signature stamped, as issued, with publisher's label with title as above on reverse. Image 320 x 500mm, 12½ x 19½. Label trimmed, board foxed.
The Golden Gate, the oldest existing gate in Jerusalem's Old City Walls, which Jesus passed through on Palm Sunday, fulfilling a prophecy that the Messiah would enter the city through this gate. As this tradition continued among the city's Jews, the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman I had the Golden Gate bricked up in 1541 to prevent it ever happening. Carl Friedrich Heinrich Werner (1808-94) was a German watercolourist who visited Egypt and the Holy Land in 1862-4, where he was one of the few non-Muslims able to gain access to paint the interior of the Dome of the Rock. He published his book 'Jerusalem, Bethlehem and the Holy Places' in 1865.
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