John Frederick Lewis
The Bazaar of the Ghûriyah from the Steps of the Mosque of El-Ghûri, Cairo 1841–51

Artwork details

Artist
Title
The Bazaar of the Ghûriyah from the Steps of the Mosque of El-Ghûri, Cairo
Date 1841–51
Medium Graphite, watercolour and gouache on paper
Dimensions Support: 540 x 379 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T08183
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After visiting Italy, Greece and Spain in search of subject matter, Lewis went to Egypt  in 1841. He stayed there for ten years and continued to paint Middle- Eastern scenes until the end of his life.

This sketch was probably created on the spot. It shows the bazaar in the street of the Ghûriyah on the east side of the mosque of El-Ghûri. Lewis's art provided English viewers with a persuasive vision of Middle- Eastern life, based on first hand observations like this. Nonetheless, his finished paintings incorporated many traditional fantasies and assumptions about the Islamic world.

September 2004