John Frederick Lewis Study for ‘The Courtyard of the Coptic Patriarch’s House in Cairo’ c.1864

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Artist
Title
Study for ‘The Courtyard of the Coptic Patriarch’s House in Cairo’
Date c.1864
Medium Oil paint on wood
Dimensions Support: 368 x 356 mm
frame: 650 x 630 x 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1900
Reference
N01688
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1840

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The Coptic Church is the ancient Orthodox Christian Church of Egypt. This study of the patriarch’s house was executed after Lewis’s return from Egypt in 1851, using the sketches he brought back. This work highlights Lewis’s ability to paint figures and setting with careful attention to light and shade, produced here by the top-lit courtyard.Lewis caused a sensation when he exhibited one of his Near Eastern scenes in London in 1850. John Ruskin admired his attention to detail, claiming that in truth-to-nature he ranked alongside the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

May 2007

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