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David Roberts art prints and posters

David Roberts was a Scottish architect and watercolorist. He was born in Edinburgh in 1796, and grew up in an extremely poor environment. He was lucky to receive some training as a painter and decorator, and his talent soon surfaced. He managed to get a job as a theatre set designer, working at the Royal Theatre in Edinburgh in 1822.

Roberts was fond of architectural subjects, and produced a number of studies of Edinburgh's buildings. He then joined a travelling theatre as a scene-painter and travelled the country. In 1823 he went to London and worked on sets for the Drury Lane Theatre, and then on to Covent Garden.

In 1824 he was admitted to the Society of British Artists, and later that year he travelled to Normandy and painted a large number of Gothic period buildings.

Roberts developed a love of travel and journeyed across Europe to Syria and Egypt, where he painted an extensive collection of the stunning water-colours for which he is best-known today. Around this time he became interested in lithography and he made a number of lithographs of his own paintings, which were widely distributed and which proved to be extremely lucrative.

Roberts also became an important landscape artist. From 1838 his work influenced the 19th century Dutch painters, with his fabulous use of the colours and styles which were an assimilation of his European training and his later Oriental influences.

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Gives the frame its character and provides the perfect setting for an artwork to be fully enjoyed.

Perspex or glass

Protects the artwork from dust and wilting so that it can be admired for many years.


Adds depth to an image and works with the moulding to enhance and protect the artwork.

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Bonds to the artwork ensuring it is perfectly smooth and holds the whole frame together.

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In the Design Studio

We partner with the world's top museums and galleries to bring you exclusive prints of the highest quality. Our teams of designers ensure the colours are accurate, papers are well suited and the best frames are suggested.

Colour Perfecting in the Print Room

In the printing room, artworks are printed on state-of-the-art machines with a team of technicians checking colour and quality every step of the way.

Measuring Up

After being cut down to size, our team carefully finish any stray edges, check measurements and prepare the prints for mounting and framing.

Assembling Frames in the Framing Workshop

We have a team of master framers who work with high-quality, responsibly-sourced wood to create our vast range of framing combinations - each frame is bespoke and made to order for every print.

Hand-finishing in the Framing Workshop

Our selection of hand-finished frames are painted or stained by hand in a variety of colours, and finished with a layer of wax - the end result is a uniquely crafted, beautiful frame that is made to last.

The Last Stop

In this workshop everything comes together - the print, the frame and the glass - in a seamless and stream-lined process.

Mounting the Prints

The artwork is carefully mounted in preparation for framing.

Laying the Glass

Once mounted, the print is ready to be covered by glass or perspex - a delicate procedure but expertly done with not a fingerprint in sight.

The Final Product

After a final, thorough check, the framed print is ready to be carefully packaged up and shipped to the customer.

Transferring to Canvas

For those who order their art as canvas prints, the same amount of attention and care goes into the process. Here, the print is being transferred to a wooden frame.

Finishing the Canvas Edging

As with the framed prints, our canvases are all hand-finished in the workshop - a labour of love from start to finish.