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Watercolour - Female Riding Camel
  • Female Riding Camel
    Goodall, Frederick, born 1822 - died 1904
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Female Riding Camel

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (painted)

  • Date:

    1893 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Goodall, Frederick, born 1822 - died 1904 (painter)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour over pencil heightened with white

  • 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 89, shelf SCX, box 8

Camels were used for a variety of domestic purposes throughout Egypt. Some, like the baggage camel depicted in a companion watercolour to the one shown here (also in the Searight Collection, SD.438), were bred for their strength and stamina, and were capable of carrying heavy loads long distances across the desert. The more slender type seen in this watercolour was faster and better suited for riding. She therefore carries a saddle, and her master's dagger and decorated woollen saddlebag. Goodall was a prolific and successful Orientalist painter. He first visited Egypt in 1858-59. He shared a house in Cairo with Carl Haag (see SD.458-473), and they made many sketches together in the streets, outside the city around the Pyramids, and also near Suez. During the 1860s Goodall used these for several carefully constructed paintings of rural and urban Egyptian life and of Biblical scenes. When he visited Egypt again in 1870-71 he lived at Saqqarah, a few miles south of Cairo, so that he could observe the daily life of the Bedouin. In England for the next three decades he continued to paint variations on the same themes as before.

Physical description

Watercolour drawing

Place of Origin

Egypt (painted)


1893 (painted)


Goodall, Frederick, born 1822 - died 1904 (painter)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour over pencil heightened with white

Marks and inscriptions

Signed with monogram and dated FG 1893


Height: 27.3 cm Drawn area, Width: 38.9 cm

Object history note

According to Rodney Searight: - `The pair, PS & N, [Phillip Son & Neale] [20] July 1970 [P88] £24'. [i.e. SD.437 & SD.438]

Historical context note

Possibly the same camel as in Evening Prayers in the Desert, also a watercolour, signed with same monogram and dated 1893, in the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin (no.2616): see NGI, The East, 1988 (37).

Descriptive line

Watercolour, Female Riding Camel, 1893, by Frederick Goodall RA

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

Searight, Rodney and Scarce, Jennifer M., A Middle Eastern journey : artists on their travels from the collection of Rodney Searight, Talbot Rice Art Centre, 1980
Conner, Patrick (ed). The Inspiration of Egypt : its influence on British artists, travellers, and designers, 1700-1900. Brighton Borough Council, Brighton, 1983


Watercolour; Pencil; Watercolour


Watercolour drawing

Subjects depicted





Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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