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    Sale 5405

    Nineteenth Century European Art

    10 July 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 170

    Edwin Long (British, 1829-1891)

    Egyptian beauty

    Price Realised  


    Edwin Long (British, 1829-1891)
    Egyptian beauty
    signed with monogram, inscribed and dated 'EL/Cairo/76' (lower left)
    oil on paper laid down on canvas
    13½ x 9 5/8 in. (34.3 x 24.5 cm.)

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    Originally from Bath, Edwin Long began his career depicting Spanish subjects and scenes of Spanish life. However, in 1874 he visited Egypt and Syria, and this marked the beginning of a successful career as an Orientalist painter. He developed a rich, exotic style, and specialised in biblical stories and life in ancient Egypt. He was appointed a member of the ARA in 1876 and RA in 1881. The following year, his picture Babylonian Marriage Market sold for 6000 guineas - at that time the highest price ever paid for a work of a living artist. Works by the artist can be found at the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford, the National Portrait Gallery, London and the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath.

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