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Boghos Joussouff Bey

  • Object:


  • Date:

    1845-1850 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • 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


1845-1850 (drawn)



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

paper watermarked


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.

Descriptive line

Drawing, 'Boghos Joussouff Bey' [Boghos Yusufian Bey], 1845-1850. Formerly attributed to Edward Lear

Production Note

Formerly attributed to Edward Lear


Portraits; Drawings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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