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Watercolour - Two Arabs in a Quffa
  • Two Arabs in a Quffa
    Haddon, Arthur Trevor RBA, born 1864 - died 1941
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Two Arabs in a Quffa

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Iraq (painted)

  • Date:

    1864-1941 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Haddon, Arthur Trevor RBA, born 1864 - died 1941 (painter (artist))

  • 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 9

The two young men are paddling a quffa, the traditional circular boat in use on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Mesopotamia. Their long striped wrap-over robes, and headdresses with heavy rope-like bands holding the head-cloth in place, were worn at the turn of the century in southern Arabia, but are now obsolete. Haddon painted portraits and scenes of everyday life; he also illustrated books. He is known to have visited Spain and Italy in the 1880s and 1890s, and to have travelled in North and South America in the 1920s, but no trip to Mesopotamia is recorded. It is possible that this scene was based on a photograph.

Physical description

Watercolour drawing

Place of Origin

Iraq (painted)


1864-1941 (made)


Haddon, Arthur Trevor RBA, born 1864 - died 1941 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour over pencil, heightened with white

Marks and inscriptions

On the back of the old mount, inscribed in ball point pen by Trevor Haddon


Height: 25.2 cm, Width: 35.4 cm

Object history note

According to Rodney Searight: - `Bt Phillips, Aug.1975, £12'.

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Watercolour, Two Arabs in a Quffa, by Arthur Trevor Haddon RBA




Watercolour drawing

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