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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Seated woman in Saudi Arabia; charcoal drawing.

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1981
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 28 centimetres
    • Width: 20.5 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        signature and date
      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Language

        English and Arabic
  • Curator's comments

    Label Text:

    Safeya Binzagr (born 1940)
    Born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Safeya Binzagr was
    educated in Egypt and England. Her artistic training
    began in Egypt in 1965 and continued in London
    where she studied painting and printmaking at St
    Martin’s School of Art between 1976 and 1978.
    A love of tradition and a desire to record it in the
    face of Saudi Arabia’s rapid modernisation has
    influenced Safeya’s choice of subject matter. She
    built a museum called Darat Safeya Binzagr, which
    opened in 1995, to house both her paintings and
    a growing collection of costume and jewellery
    from Saudi Arabia. The Darat Safeya Binzagr is an
    important cultural institution in Jeddah, not only as
    an art gallery but also as a meeting place for artists,
    intellectuals and students.

    The drawings of Safeya Binzagr
    It was while she was at St Martin’s School of Art,
    London that Safeya learnt various printmaking
    techniques such as etching and drypoint.
    She recalls the Dean asking her if she worried that
    her own style would disappear with her studies.
    As can be seen here, her subject matter remained
    unaffected as she used these newly acquired
    techniques to continue to depict Saudi Arabian
    scenes and architecture.
    These prints were made at St Martin’s. Faces was
    inspired by the faces of people she saw while
    walking through Berwick Street market off Oxford
    Street. It was made using the drypoint method with
    the image drawn directly onto the printing plate.


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    2015 11 Jul-4 Nov, London, BM, G34, 'From the figurative to the abstract: modern art of the Arab world'

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number


Drawing of a seated woman in Saudi Arabia.

Drawing of a seated woman in Saudi Arabia.

Reproduced by permission of the artist. © The Trustees of the British Museum

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