16 November 2006
Sir David Wilkie, R.A. (1785-1841)
Portrait of a lady, three-quarter-length, in a turban
signed, inscribed and dated 'D Wilkie f/. Constantinople Novbr 5th 1840' (lower centre)
pencil, watercolour and gum arabic heightened with bodycolour, on grey-brown paper
17 x 11½in. (43.2 x 29.2 cm.)
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H. Mallalieu, The Dictionary of British Watercolour Artists up to 1920, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2002, vol. II, p. 164, illustrated.
Wilkie arrived in Constantinople in 1840 where his imagination was captured by its inhabitants, their dress and dwellings. The drawings from this period, which were well received, have an even greater poignancy as Wilkie never returned from this trip, dying at sea on his journey home in 1841.
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