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Madame Giuseppina in Turkish Dress
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Madame Giuseppina in Turkish Dress

1840

David Wilkie (1785 - 1841)

Chalk (black and red), graphite, pen and ink (black), watercolour, bodycolour (white, red, yellow and pale blue) on paper (buff)

Height: 47.1 cm; Width: 33.1 cm;

Inscription
Signed in pen and ink (brown), lower right recto, D Wilkie f. Constantinople October 1840

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Spooner, William (Mr and Mrs); bequest; 1967
D.1967.WS.100

About this work
In 1840 Wilkie left on a sketching tour of the Near East, inspired in part by the popular demand for illustrated travel literature. Delayed in Constantinople, he took to drawing Europeans and other members of the expatriate community. This image of the Greek landlady of his hotel, celebrated as a great beauty, is one of twenty-six portraits that were later published as lithographs. Wilkie’s drawing style and his use of brightly coloured washes and gouache were influenced by John Frederick Lewis with whom he shared sitters while in Constantinople. (Permanent collection label)



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