John Frederick Lewis

Two Turbaned Figures Seated on the Ground in an Eastern Courtyard

c.1841–51

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Not on display
Artist
John Frederick Lewis 1805–1876
Medium
Graphite, watercolour and gouache on paper
Dimensions
Support: 305 x 254 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by H. Finch 1907
Reference
N02200

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Lewis spent a year in Constantinople (now Istanbul), from October 1840, before travelling on to Egypt, where he lived for nearly ten years. Taking up residence in Cairo, he adopted the costume and lifestyle of an Ottoman Turk. Thackeray described Lewis’s existence as ‘like a languid Lotus-eater, dreamy, lazy, hazy, tobaccofied life’. In fact Lewis was extremely industrious, and he returned to London in 1851 with a large collection of sketches, such as the one shown here. He used these closely observed images of people and settings as the basis for his highly acclaimed watercolours and oil paintings.

Gallery label, September 2004

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