The illustrations were made by David Roberts (1796 - 1864), a Scottish orientalist painter, member of the Royal Academy of Arts. From 1831 he traveled around Europe and the Middle East, painting landscapes characterized by topographical accuracy. Roberts used the technique of oil and watercolor, he also published books rich in illustrations. His best known publication is The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt and Nubia (six volumes from 1842-1849), from which the prints come.
The attached graphic shows a view of Gebel el-Silsila, an archaeological site located 65 km north of Aswan. There are ruins of temples dedicated to the pharaohs Horemheb, Seti I, Ramesses II and Merenptah. .