Boghos Joussouff Bey
- Materials and Techniques:
Pencil on paper
- 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 86, shelf SC, box 23
Materials and Techniques
Pencil on paper
Marks and inscriptions
Inscribed with title and The devoted Minister & Confidential Adviser of the Renowned Mohamed Ali Viceroy of Egypt from 1817 to 1845
J WHATMAN TURKEY MILL 1845
Height: 26.6 cm, Width: 21.3 cm
Object history note
According to Rodney Searight: - `Bt. from Mavis Strange, c.1970.'
Historical context note
Boghos Yusufian was born at Smyrna in 1768 and became a dragoman. Went to Egypt, 1790, and became Muhammad Ali's chief adviser. Died 1844. See: Dr. R.R. Madden, Travels in Turkey, Egypt..., 1829, Vol.I, pp.216-7; C.L. Meryon, Memoirs of the Lady Hester Stanhope ..., 1845, Vol.III, pp.65-6; Revue d'Egypte, 1 November 1895; A. Kardashian, Materiaux pour l'histoire des Armeniens d'Egypte [in Armenian], Venice, 1986.
SD.568 must be a copy of an earlier portrait, datable, from the probable age of the sitter, to the 1820s. It may have been copied by an artist visiting Cairo in the late 1840s, or, if the original portrait was in Europe, by an artist who never visited Egypt.
Drawing, 'Boghos Joussouff Bey' [Boghos Yusufian Bey], 1845-1850. Formerly attributed to Edward Lear
Formerly attributed to Edward Lear
Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection