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Gabbani. (Weigher) Cairo

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (drawn)

  • Date:

    1886 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    George, Frederick (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and 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 90, shelf TOP

Physical description

Drawing in an album containing elaborately decorated dedication page, titlepage, drawings (56) of urban and rural life in Egypt and of incidents during the British military occupation of Egypt and Sudan, and albumen prints (2), mounted on 38 album leaves of gilt-edged card, full bound in padded brown morocco. In addition, drawings (4) of similar subjects, photographs (3) and a letter (1), all detached.

Place of Origin

Egypt (drawn)


1886 (drawn)


George, Frederick (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and grey wash

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed with title, signed with the monogram FG and dated 2/2/86


Height: 37 cm covers, Width: 29 cm

Object history note

According to Rodney Searight: - `Bt Sotheby's April 29th 1968 [(129)] £25 + Commission'. [SD.417-SD.421 were all included in the same lot]

Historical context note

The album is dedicated by the artist to John Mason Cook (1834-1899), son of Thomas Cook, founder of the travel firm. As well as its tourist activities in Egypt, the firm was responsible for transferring the wounded from Alexandria to Cairo after the Battle of Tell al-Kabir in 1882, and in 1884-5 J.M. Cook directed the transportation up the Nile of the abortive British expedition to relieve General Gordon in Khartoum. Although the album itself is dated 1885 on the dedication page, it contains drawings dated 1875, 1882, and 1885, 1886 and 1887. For information on the subject matter of the drawings, see E.W. Lane, Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians, 1836.

Descriptive line

`Gabbani. (Weigher) Cairo', 1886. Drawing in an album by Frederick George

Subjects depicted

Street traders; Scales


Drawings; Historic Cairo


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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