Water wheel in Nubia, 1830s

Water wheel in Nubia, 1830s

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Credit: ASIAN AND MIDDLE EASTERN DIVISION/NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY/ SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Water wheel in Nubia. 19th-century artwork of a Persian water wheel being used to raise water from the Nile to irrigate farmland in Nubia. Artwork by Scottish painter David Roberts (1796-1864) with lithography by Louis Haghe (1806-1885). Roberts had toured Egypt, Nubia, the Sinai, the Holy Land, Jordan and Lebanon in 1838 and 1839, producing a vast set of drawings and watercolours. This watercolour was published in 'Egypt and Nubia' (1846-1849). Nubia (now northern Sudan and southern Egypt) was then part of the Ottoman Empire.

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