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Drawing - Kale-i-Sultaniye, opposite Canakkale, Dardenelles
  • Kale-i-Sultaniye, opposite Canakkale, Dardenelles
    Morier, David Richard, born 1784 - died 1877
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Kale-i-Sultaniye, opposite Canakkale, Dardenelles

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Turkey (Painted)

  • Date:

    1808-1812 (Painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morier, David Richard, born 1784 - died 1877 (Painter)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink wash

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case BOX, shelf 83

This drawing by his colleague Morier was bound up with a series by another artist commissioned by Stratford Canning (later Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe), 1786-1880. Canning began his long diplomatic career in Turkey as first secretary to Robert Adair on his mission to Istanbul in 1808. On arrival Canning soon arranged to see officially (and unofficially) all manner of Ottoman institutions, buildings and customs. What made his curiosity really valuable is that he hired a local artist to make this large series of views and studies of what he had seen. The identity of the artist is unknown, though Turkish scholars believe that he was part of the studio or circle of Konstantin Kapidagli. His style combines the dense and brilliant water and bodycolour used by Ottoman artists with European conventions of representation and perspective.
As a young man, the artist and future neo-classical architect Charles Cockerell went to Istanbul in 1810, stayed at the embassy, and even met Byron there. There Cockerell (with an interpreter) met and discussed painting technique with this Greek artist whom, frustratingly, he did not name in his letters. Cockerell's copies of the Greek's architectural views are now in the British Museum. The Victoria and Albert Museum finally acquired the original set of drawings from Canning's daughter Charlotte in 1895.

Physical description

A view of a fortification, on the bank of the Dardenelles

Place of Origin

Turkey (Painted)


1808-1812 (Painted)


Morier, David Richard, born 1784 - died 1877 (Painter)

Materials and Techniques

Ink wash

Marks and inscriptions

Numbered 126 Inscribed ink on the back Castle of the Dardenelles on the European side


Height: 21.3 cm, Width: 39.3 cm

Object history note

This was a part of the set of drawings purchased by the Museum in 1895 from `Miss Canning' [i.e. Charlotte Canning, daughter of Stratford Canning] for 10 Guineas

Historical context note

Morier was attached to the Embassy in Istanbul with Canning from 1808 until 1812, when they both returned to England

Descriptive line

Kale-i-Sultaniye, opposite Canakkale, Dardenelles, 1808-1812. Possibly by David Richard Morier




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