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William Wyld (London 1806-1889 Paris)
William Wyld (London 1806-1889 Paris)

An Arab merchant in the Souk, Algiers

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William Wyld (London 1806-1889 Paris)
An Arab merchant in the Souk, Algiers
signed and dated 'William Wyld/1825' (lower left, overmounted) and indistinctly inscribed in Arabic (upper right)
pencil and watercolour with scratching out and with gum arabic
9¼ x 7 3/8 in. (23.5 x 18.7cm)
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 8 June 2000, lot 167.

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Lot Essay

William Wyld spent his entire working life in France. In 1833 he spent six months in Algiers and on his return published a series of lithographs 'Voyage Pittoresque dans la Régence d'Alger pendant l'Année 1833'. Isabey had visited in 1830 and Delacroix had spent time in Morocco and Algeria in 1832. There is a related pen and ink drawing of an Algerian figure sitting cross-legged in a doorway of his shop, in the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.

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