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Watercolour - Interior of the Mosque of Sultan Hassan

Interior of the Mosque of Sultan Hassan

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (painted)

  • Date:

    1847 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour over pencil

  • 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 SC, shelf 44

Physical description

One of a series of 8 views of Turkey and Egypt painted in 1847

Place of Origin

Egypt (painted)


1847 (painted)



Materials and Techniques

Watercolour over pencil

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed and dated 1847 in a modern hand on the mount; inscribed and dated on the back of the mount Bab el Nasr. Cairo - 1847 -


Height: 31.3 cm, Width: 25.2 cm

Historical context note

Although the inscriptions on the backs and on the mounts are in the same hands, and all the drawings were apparently done on the same journey, at least two different artists seem to have been responsible for these drawings. They have been disbound from an album or removed from a portfolio, since the inscriptions on the backs of some of the mounts refer to the drawing on the facing page; on the back of the mounts of SD1285:1 & 3 there are offsets of the drawings facing them. Some drawings in SD1285:1-8 appear to be in the same hand as SD.1316

Descriptive line

Watercolour, Interior of the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, 1847, Artist unknown


Watercolour; Pencil

Subjects depicted





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