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Dwellers in the Desert

Henry Moore (1831-1895)


Price
£5,500

Signed
Signed, inscribed 'Cairo' and dated 1874
Inscribed 'hoopoes, a sketch from Luxr, Egypt' and with artist's address on a label on the frame

Medium
Oil on canvas

Dimensions
11 x 21 inches

Literature
The Academy, 31 October 1874, Page 492; The Architect, 7 November 1874, Page 241

Exhibited
Dudley Gallery, Winter 1874, No 149; 'Chris Beetles Summer Show', Chris Beetles Show, 2018, No 62

In 1873, Henry Moore travelled to Egypt with his brother-in-law, Edward Bollans. The crossings between Marseilles and Alexandria provided him with opportunities to make studies of the Mediterranean, which resulted in two characteristic paintings: 'The Calm Mediterranean' (whereabouts unknown) and 'Rough Weather in the Mediterranean' (Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, 1874). However, the trip also inspired more unusual compositions, including the present work, depicting an Egyptian observing a hoopoe while resting in the shade.