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Print - Souvenirs D'Egypte
  • Souvenirs D'Egypte
    Bida, Alexandre, born 1813 - died 1895
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Souvenirs D'Egypte

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (possibly, drawn)
    France (published)

  • Date:

    1851 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bida, Alexandre, born 1813 - died 1895 (artist)
    Imprimerie Lemercier et cie (publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured lithograph

  • 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 2

Alexandre Bida was a painter, draughtsman, book illustrator and lithographer. He was a pupil of Eugene Delacroix and exhibited Turkish, Egyptian and biblical subjects at the Salon in Paris from 1847 to 1894. He travelled extensively in the Middle East and in 1851 published a book with E. Barbot on 'Souvenirs d'Egypte' from which this print comes.

For many western artists the people of the Middle East were a potent source of inspiration. The enormous range of different racial types, customs and costumes found throughout the region is reflected in the diversity of western artists' images. These fluctuated widely in their accuracy, some being founded on direct observation, some being based on other artists' images or on hearsay. Western artists' portrayals of Middle Eastern and Asian people had a number of different purposes: some were primarily costume figures; some were potraits of identified individuals; some were shown engaged in a particular activity or displaying a local custom; some were seen participating in a specific event and some were deliberate fantasies. This image however, drawn by Bida himself, is probably based on studies he made during his visit to the Middle East. It is inscribed with the title 'A Fellah Woman' in French, Arabic and English.

Physical description

Lithograph, tinted with one tint stone, with additional colouring by hand, depicting a female agricultural worker in Egypt. Half bound in red morocco, in a modern portfolio. Each plate (apart from title page) lettered with title in French, Arabic and English, artists' names, and variously, 'Egypte. Imp. Lemercier, Paris', R'.Colas, Bibliographie Générale du Costume et de la Mode, 2 vols, Paris, 1933', and dated ca. 1850.

Place of Origin

Egypt (possibly, drawn)
France (published)


1851 (published)


Bida, Alexandre, born 1813 - died 1895 (artist)
Imprimerie Lemercier et cie (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

Alex. Bida


Height: 57.3 cm Size of covers, Width: 38.9 cm

Descriptive line

Hand coloured lithograph entitled 'Femme Fellah' by Alexandre Bida from 'Souvenirs D'Egypte', a volume of plates (25) including title-page, with descriptive text. Published in Paris, ca. 1851.




Lithography; Printing; Colouring

Subjects depicted

Agricultural; Peasants


Prints; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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