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A male figure in North African dress
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A male figure in North African dress

Circa 1841-51

John Frederick Lewis (1805 - 1876)

Height: 38.8 cm; Width: 26.3 cm;

Inscription
Collector's mark
Inscription
Inscription, J.F. Lewis / Cairo / L //

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Miss Dorothy Scharf; bequest; 2007 (March)
D.2007.DS.27

About this work
Lewis probably produced this drawing during his ten-year stay in Egypt between 1841 and 1851. Unusually the man wears a Berber burnus, used as an outer garment in North Africa, with an agal or headrope, probably from Sinai. Lewis may have acquired this clothing in Cairo and used it incorrectly on a model, either a local Egyptian or a European, sketched in the city. However, the figure could be Lewis himself – one of the several ‘disguised’ Orientalist self-portraits he made. (Permanent collection label)



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