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A Jewish Woman of Gibraltar or Tangier; whole-length seated, body turned slightly to left, head to front, eyes to right
Black chalk with watercolour and bodycolour on brown paper
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Height: 357 millimetres
Width: 250 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This drawing was previously titled 'A Turkish Woman', but was changed based on information provided by Briony Llewellyn, April 2013 because she is wearing Jewish dress. Lewis drew this woman in either Gibraltar or Tangier in May 1833, during his extended visit to Spain (1832-33). The accessories in the other images of her are slightly different, but they are probably of the same woman.
There are six other known drawings of the sitter by Lewis, showing her in different poses. Five are untraced or in private collections and one is at the Royal Academy of Arts, London (RA 03/5971).
A print by Frederick Christian Lewis, Snr after a related drawing, is also in the British Museum's collection, 1878,0511.908.
This information has been provided by Briony Llewellyn, 2013.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1969, BM, 'Royal Academy Draughtsmen 1769-1969', no.254
1994 Aug-Nov, Edinburgh, Scottish NPG, Visions of the Ottoman Empire (no cat)
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- Acquisition notes
- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
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