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Oil painting - A Muslim at Prayer
  • A Muslim at Prayer
    Müller, William James, born 1812 - died 1845
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A Muslim at Prayer

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (painted)

  • Date:

    1841 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Müller, William James, born 1812 - died 1845 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on board

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

On the back, a female figure study

Place of Origin

Egypt (painted)


1841 (painted)


Müller, William James, born 1812 - died 1845 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Oil on board

Marks and inscriptions

Signed and dated W Muller. 1841; inscribed on the back Sketched in Egypt from life WMuller. and illegibly on an old label attached to the back


Height: 43.3 cm estimate, Width: 29.8 cm, :

Object history note

According to Rodney Searight: - `Bt PHW [Prue Heathcote-Williams], July 1974, £52'.

Historical context note

Sketched in Egypt, probably at Luxor, 1839, and probably used for the right hand figure in his Prayers in the Desert, oil on canvas, arched top, 100.5 x 180 cm., signed and dated W. Muller 1843, in the City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham (2529/85) and exhibited at the RA in 1843 (547): see City Museums and Art Gallery, Birmingham, Catalogue of Paintings, 1961, p.106; N. N. Solly, Memoir of the Life of William James Müller, 1875, pp.134 (reproduced), 162, 326, 329, 333, 346; and Searight Archive. A smaller version (67.2 x 106 cm.), either a study for the painting or a copy, was sold at Christie's, 28.11.80 (116).

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'A Muslim at Prayer', William James Müller, 1841


Oil paint; Board


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Prayer; Islam




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