William James Müller

Camels, a Study in Smyrna

1843

Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 330 x 544 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Lady Weston as part of the Sir Joseph Weston Gift 1908
Reference
N02372

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During his short career, Müller was an active landscape and genre painter. Although he failed to find recognition for his work in oils, he was celebrated for his rapid and fluent watercolour sketches.Müller travelled to the Near East in pursuit of fresh and exotic subject matter. He went to south-west Turkey in 1843–4, where he made drawings of local life, as well as landscapes and ancient monuments. This study of camels resting was a scene he observed in Smyrna (now Izmir) on the Aegean sea.

Gallery label, May 2007

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