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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (painted)

  • Date:

    1857 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mathias, Maria Harriett née Rawstorne (painter)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour over pencil, on thick paper

  • 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 86, shelf SC, box 24

Physical description

Watercolour drawing

Place of Origin

Egypt (painted)


1857 (painted)


Mathias, Maria Harriett née Rawstorne (painter)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour over pencil, on thick paper

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed with title and dated March 4.


Height: 25.2 cm, Width: 35.2 cm

Object history note

SD.628-632 were probably originally in an album containing watercolour views by the artist of her tour in Egypt, the Levant and Italy (and botanical studies), all inscribed and many dated between 1856-7, sold at Christie's 29.9.78 (160). SD.633-637 were contained in the same album, and were bought by The Fine Art Society, London, from whom bought by RGS.

Historical context note

The Mathias party arrived in Alexandria, 3 January 1857. For Diary extract `Wednesday March 4 Thebes' [Comments on the difficulty of making a sketch of the massive, close-clustered columns], see Searight Archive

Descriptive line

Watercolour, `Karnak', 1857, by Maria Harriett Mathias (née Rawstorne)




Watercolour drawing




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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