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Watercolour - The Esir Hani or Avrat Pazari, the female slave market near the Nur-i Osmaniye Cami, Istanbul
  • The Esir Hani or Avrat Pazari, the female slave market near the Nur-i Osmaniye Cami, Istanbul
    Lewis, John Frederick RA POWCS, born 1805 - died 1876
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The Esir Hani or Avrat Pazari, the female slave market near the Nur-i Osmaniye Cami, Istanbul

  • Object:

    Watercolour

  • Place of origin:

    Istanbul (Painted)

  • Date:

    1841 (Painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lewis, John Frederick RA POWCS, born 1805 - died 1876 (Painter)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and watercolour

  • Museum number:

    716-1877

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case WD, shelf 163, box A

The slave market was situated near the Nurosmaniye mosque in central Istanbul. The sketch must have been done either secretly or from memory, as Lewis would not have been permitted to sketch openly there. The expensive slaves were kept out of sight, inside the wooden booths of the dealers.

Physical description

Unfinished watercolour sketch of a market place with booths and dealers

Place of Origin

Istanbul (Painted)

Date

1841 (Painted)

Artist/maker

Lewis, John Frederick RA POWCS, born 1805 - died 1876 (Painter)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and watercolour

Dimensions

Height: 36.9 cm, Width: 54 cm

Object history note

Purchased 1877

Descriptive line

The Esir Hani or Avrat Pazari, the female slave market near the Nur-i Osmaniye Cami, Istanbul, 1841. John Frederick Lewis

Labels and date

John Frederick Lewis 1804/5-1876
Esir Hani: The Slave Market in Istanbul
1840-41

The Slave Market was situated near the Grand Bazaar in the centre of the old city. The more expensive slaves were kept out of sight, inside the wooden booths of the dealers. Lewis must have done this sketch secretly, or from memory, as he would not have been permitted to work openly there.

Pencil and watercolour

Purchased 1877
Museum no. 716-1877 []

Subjects depicted

Slave market

Categories

Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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