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Oil painting - A Caravan in the desert
  • A Caravan in the desert
    Henry Warren, born 1794 - died 1879
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A Caravan in the desert

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Date:

    after 1837-ca. 1845 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Henry Warren, born 1794 - died 1879 (attributed to, painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on board

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund, the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Shell International and the Friends of the V&A

  • Museum number:

    SD.1187

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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Date

after 1837-ca. 1845 (painted)

Artist/maker

Henry Warren, born 1794 - died 1879 (attributed to, painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Oil on board

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed on the back [probably falsely] H Warren 10 Robert Street Chelsea 1829

Dimensions

Height: 20.2 cm estimate, Width: 39.2 cm

Object history note

Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund, the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Shell International and the Friends of the V&A, 1985

Historical context note

Reproduced in Col. M. H. Grant, A Chronological History of the Old English Landscape Painters (in Oil) ..., Leigh-on-Sea, 1947, Vol.3, Pl.55 & p.29. This appears to be a copy (with variations including the addition of the Pyramids) of the frontispiece in L. de Laborde, Voyage de la Syrie, 1837 (see SP.341), colour lithograph by W. H. Freeman after P. Marilhat, titled Une Caravane Dans Le Desert. It is therefore unlikely to have been executed before 1837, and certainly not before 1833, the date of Marilhat's return to France from Egypt. Marilhat's oil painting of the subject was not exhibited at the Salon until 1844 (see D.Menu, 1972, no.449). However, by 1837, Warren was painting predominantly in watercolours. He was living at 10 Robert Street in 1833, but had moved by 1839 (see Graves). All this suggests that both the date and the attribution may be spurious.

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'A Caravan in the Desert', Attributed to Henry Warren

Materials

Oil paint; Board

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Egypt; Cairo; Pyramids; Deserts; Camels (animals); Water buffalo; Caravans [of camels and other pack animals]

Categories

Paintings

Collection code

PDP

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