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Watercolour - Cingans Hut
  • Cingans Hut
    Müller, William James, born 1812 - died 1845
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Cingans Hut

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Turkey (painted)

  • Date:

    1843 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Müller, William James, born 1812 - died 1845 (painter)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour with gum, over pencil, on board

  • 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 25

Physical description

Watercolour drawing

Place of Origin

Turkey (painted)


1843 (painted)


Müller, William James, born 1812 - died 1845 (painter)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour with gum, over pencil, on board

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed with title and date 1843 and, probably not in the artist's hand, W Müller


Height: 35.8 cm, Width: 53.5 cm

Object history note

According to Rodney Searight: - `Bt Christie's, Aug.1982, £436' [sale, 27.7.82 (149)].

Historical context note

The `Cingans' of the title are Çingene or Çingâne, literally `Gypsies' in Ottoman Turkish.
One of several studies by the artist of the peoples encamped in the Xanthus area: see N. N. Solly, Memoir of the Life of William James Müller, 1875, pp.196, 210, 269-271; and Searight Archive. Two other versions of this image are Cingans Hut, inscribed, dated 1843 and signed with initials (BM, P & D; 1878-12-28-111) and Tent of Zingaris, formerly in the Searight Collection.

Descriptive line

Watercolour, `Cingans Hut', 1843, by William James Müller




Watercolour drawing

Subjects depicted

Çingene; Gypsies; Tents




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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