5 October 1999
Edwin Lord Weeks (1849-1903)
View in Bombay
signed and inscribed 'E.L.Weeks Bombay' (lower left)
oil on board
8 x 10in.(22.2 x 26.7cm.)
Burton W.F. Trafton, Jun.
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Durham, New Hampshire, University Art Galleries, University of New Hampshire, The Art of Edwin Lord Weeks (1849-1903), 1976, no. 31, as 'Bombay', illustrated.
It is probable that this work was painted during Week's third visit to Bombay in 1885 and depicts the vicinity of Malabar Hill.
Weeks was the most famous American Orientalist painter in the Paris expatriate community of academic artists of the late-19th century. He travelled to Morocco, the Middle East and Persia and intrepidly ventured into India on three lengthy expeditions. On these trips, he frequently completed (or began) paintings in situ, despite the rigours of travel and climate. Having first shown at the Paris Salon in 1878, Weeks ultimately attained in 1896, the highest distinction in the academic painter's world, the Salon's award of the Chevalier de la egion d'Honneur.
This work will be included in the catalogue raisonn being prepared by Dr. Ellen K. Morris
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