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Drawing - Starting point of the dahabeeahs
  • Starting point of the dahabeeahs
    Cooke, Edward William RA, FRS, FSA, born 1811 - died 1880
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Starting point of the dahabeeahs

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Nile (drawn)

  • Date:

    1874 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cooke, Edward William RA, FRS, FSA, born 1811 - died 1880 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • 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:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case 85, shelf SC, box 9

Physical description


Place of Origin

Nile (drawn)


1874 (drawn)


Cooke, Edward William RA, FRS, FSA, born 1811 - died 1880 (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Signed and dated E W Cooke 21.Jan 74, and inscribed The German boat; inscribed on mount with title and TO C.DELAUNE FAUNCE DELAUNE from EWC


Height: 18.4 cm, Width: 11.5 cm

Object history note

According to Rodney Searight: - `Bt. fr. Abbott & Holder, Barnes 17/6 [17 shillings and six pence] April '61'.

Historical context note

This sketch is reproduced in E.W. Cooke, Leaves From My Sketch-Book, John Murray, 1876, Vol.I, Pl.33, titled Date Palms On The Left Bank Of The Nile, Opposite Boolak.
Cooke visited Egypt at the suggestion of F. Goodall between January and April 1874 (see MS Journal). SD244-251 include some sketches done on the spot and others drawn subsequently. Other sketches from the trip are held at the RA and VAM, DPD. He exhibited Nile views at the RA, 1875-77. His Leaves from my Sketch-book (1st & 2nd series, 1876-7) includes lithographs of twenty-two Nile views: see SP173?174.

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Drawing, `Starting point of the dahabeeahs', 1874, by Edward William Cooke, RA





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