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Armenian girl; whole-length standing turned to left, head almost in profile to left. 1841
Black chalk with red chalk and watercolour
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Height: 504 millimetres
Width: 369 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- An almost identical drawing was with Trinity Fine Art, London in 2007, signed and inscribed lower right: "J.F. Lewis/Brussa" (417 x 269 mm.)(provenance Carl Winter, Mrs T. G. Winter), which gives a location and date for the Museum's drawing as Lewis was in Brussa in 1841 (information from Briony Llewellyn, April 2010). It was sold at Christie's 'Orientalist Art sale, London), 15 June 2010, lot 10 where purchased by Stephen Ongpin, London; it was included in his catlogue of 2011, where Briony Llewellyn noted that between 1840 and 1841 Lewis lived in Constantinople. In 1841 he visited the town of Bursa (then called Brussa) in NW Turkey, then a centre of the silk trade. The woman in this drawing is not veiled, indicating she is not Muslim but a Christian of Eastern denomination, probably from an old Armenian merchant family in Bursa. He produced a number of figures studies of female members of the same family in what appears to be their home. There is a study of the same woman with another in the Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester.
Literature: Michael Lewis, 'John Frederick Lewis, RA 1805-1876' (Leigh-on-Sea), 1978, p. 100, no. 650 (A Turkish Lady, Brussa) (the BM drawing is no. 350).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
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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