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Ladies in an araba

  • Object:

    Watercolour

  • Place of origin:

    Istanbul (Painted)

  • Date:

    about 1843 (Painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Preziosi, Aloysius Rosarius Amadeus Raymondus Andreas 5th Count Preziosi, born 1816 - died 1882 (Painter)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and watercolour

  • Museum number:

    D.47-1907

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 8

One of the chief pastimes of wealthy Turkish women in Istanbul who spent much of their time in the seclusion of their houses was a trip in an araba or carriage, drawn by splendidly caparisoned oxen or horses. They would go to visit friends or to picnic at numerous places around Constantinople, usually a meadow with running water, such as the Sweet Waters of Asia or of Europe. The Sultan's Harem would also visit these picnic places, suitably veiled and guarded, as well as the royal palaces and their gardens on the Bosphorus. In modern Turkish the word araba still means a cart or carriage, but nowadays is usually the word for a car or even a bus.

Physical description

Watercolour of veiled women in a horse-drawn carriage

Place of Origin

Istanbul (Painted)

Date

about 1843 (Painted)

Artist/maker

Preziosi, Aloysius Rosarius Amadeus Raymondus Andreas 5th Count Preziosi, born 1816 - died 1882 (Painter)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and watercolour

Dimensions

Diameter: 18.3 cm Sight size, Width: 27 cm Sight size

Object history note

This drawing is part of a group of 34 bought by the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1907. [D.14-1907-D.47-1907].

Descriptive line

Ladies in an araba, about 1843. Aloysius Rosarius Amadeus Raymondus Andreas, known as Amadeo, 5th Count Preziosi

Subjects depicted

Araba; Veils

Categories

Watercolours

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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