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Watercolour - Colossal Head of the Sphinx of Giza

Colossal Head of the Sphinx of Giza

  • Object:

    Watercolour

  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1800 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mayer, Luigi (painter)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour and gouache 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:

    SD.643

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case 89, shelf SCX, box 1

Physical description

Watercolour drawing

Place of Origin

Egypt (painted)

Date

ca. 1800 (painted)

Artist/maker

Mayer, Luigi (painter)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour and gouache over pencil, heightened with white

Marks and inscriptions

Lettered TESTA COLOSSALE DELLA SFINGE DI GIZA SITUATA DIRIMPETTO DELLA SECONDA PIRAMIDE.
Colossal Head of the Sphinx situated opposite the Second Pyramid

Dimensions

Height: 39 cm, Width: 54.5 cm

Object history note

According to Rodney Searight: - `The pair [with SD.644] bt fr P. Mullins, Nov.1969 £55'

Historical context note

Reproduced: Mayer, Egypt, 1801[-04], Pl.7, aquatint titled Head Of The Colossal Sphinx, 1801 (see SP3.76). Cf. another version, Colossal head of the Sphinx of Giza near the Second Pyramid., Eyre & Hobhouse, 1983 (35).

Descriptive line

Watercolour, Colossal Head of the Sphinx of Giza, about 1800, by Luigi Mayer

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

See large group of gouche drawings by Luigi Mayer, commissioned by Robert Ainslie (1729-1812) in Adam's Country House Collections at Slane Castle, Co. Meath, catalogue of auction held on 6th October 2009, lots 517 to 542.
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
Searight, Rodney. The Middle East : watercolours and drawings by British and foreign artists and travellers, 1750-1900, from the collection of Rodney Searight, Esq. London, 1971
Conner, Patrick (ed). The Inspiration of Egypt : its influence on British artists, travellers, and designers, 1700-1900 . Brighton Borough Council, Brighton, 1983

Materials

Watercolour

Techniques

Watercolour drawing

Subjects depicted

Sphinxes

Categories

Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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