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Print - Tunis 2

Tunis 2

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1852 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Nash, Joseph, born 1808 - died 1878 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2A, shelf DR85

Designed by Joseph Nash, this is one of the set of views published with accompanying text as Dickinson's Comprehensive Pictures of the Great Exhibition. The prints used the newly available technique of colour lithography to record scenes from the popular 1851 Exhibition. This particular scene shows the Tunisian exhibit, Tunisia being one of few African countries represented at the Exhibition. Exhibits were selected by the bey, Mushir Basha, and included a Bedouin tent. The wealth of material displayed and the charisma of the exhibitors, Hamda Elmkadden and his assistant Saido Belais, ensured that the exhibit proved ‘one of the most remarkable features’ of the Exhibition.

Following the Exhibition, a government grant was awarded to a committee headed by Henry Cole to purchase items from the Exhibition to form the basis of a Museum of Manufactures (later the V&A). These were selected on the basis of the extent to which they exemplified ‘some right principle of construction or of ornament, or some feat of workmanship’. Thirteen textiles items were chosen from the Tunisian exhibit for ‘exhibiting the good taste, and true principles which are found even in the humblest works of the Arab tribes’.

Physical description

Colour lithograph of view of Tunisian exhibit at the 1851 Great Exhibition.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca.1852 (made)


Nash, Joseph, born 1808 - died 1878 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph


Height: 38 cm, Width: 56 cm

Descriptive line

Print, 'Tunis 2', by Joseph Nash, England, 19th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Marsh, Jan (ed.), Black Victorians: Black People in British Art 1800-1900, London: Lund Humphries, 2005.

Subjects depicted



Black History; Great Exhibition; The Great Exhibition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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