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Watercolour - The Pyramids of Giza

The Pyramids of Giza

  • Object:

    Watercolour

  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1800 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mayer, Luigi (painter)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour and gouache, 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.644

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case 86, shelf SC, box 22

Physical description

Watercolour drawing

Place of Origin

Egypt (painted)

Date

ca. 1800 (painted)

Artist/maker

Mayer, Luigi (painter)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour and gouache, heightened with white

Marks and inscriptions

Lettered VEDUTA DELLE PIRAMIDI DI GIZA DOVE VEDESI LA SECONDA PIRAMIDE CON LA TESTA DELLA SFINGE IN PIU BASSO PIANO.
View of the Pyramids of Giza where can be seen the Second Pyramid with the Head of the Sphinx in addition at a lower level.

Dimensions

Height: 39.2 cm, Width: 54.5 cm

Object history note

According to Rodney Searight: - `The pair [with SD.643] bt fr P. Mullins, Nov.1969 £55'

Historical context note

Cf. other versions: View of the pyramid of Giza, & the Second Pyramid, with the colossal head of the Sphinx, Eyre & Hobhouse, 1983 (42); Veduta Delle Piramidi Di Giza..., Sotheby's, 16.10.81 (98).

Descriptive line

Watercolour, The Pyramids 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.

Materials

Watercolour

Techniques

Watercolour drawing

Subjects depicted

Pyramids; Sphinxes

Categories

Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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