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Drawing - Whirling Dervishes
  • Whirling Dervishes
    Vanmour, Jean-Baptiste, born 1671 - died 1737
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Whirling Dervishes

  • Object:


  • Date:

    ca. 1725-1750 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vanmour, Jean-Baptiste, born 1671 - died 1737 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and black ink and grey wash

  • 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 87, shelf SC, box 39


ca. 1725-1750 (drawn)


Vanmour, Jean-Baptiste, born 1671 - died 1737 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and black ink and grey wash


Height: 14.7 cm, Width: 19.9 cm

Historical context note

The image is a simplified, reduced version of Pl.102 in Le Hay, Recueil de Cent Estampes (with plates after Vanmour). For comparisons with plates in other publications, including B. Picart, Cérémonies et Coutumes Religieuses de tous les Peuples du Monde, 8 tom., Amsterdam, 1723-43, see Searight Archive. It has been suggested that SD.1079 may be by Bernard Picart. See also SD.1304.

Descriptive line

Drawing, Whirling Dervishes, about 1725-1750, copy after Jean-Baptiste Vanmour

Subjects depicted

Mevlevi; Whirling Dervishes


Drawings; Islam


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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