The Oriental subjects of early-nineteenth-century authors provided a source of inspiration for Romantic painters. Lord Byron's Giaour was a favorite of both Géricault and Delacroix. Byron claimed that the tale of a tragic love triangle, involving the Giaour (infidel), the Pasha Hassan, and the Pasha's beautiful concubine, was based on the story of a young Venetian overheard in a Levantine coffee house. Soon after the publication of the French translation in 1823, Delacroix read the poem and noted in his journal the "exchange of two stares, that of the dying man and that of the murderer." This vigorously rendered lithograph captures the confrontation between the Pasha, whose angry stare glazes over as he succumbs, and the Christian, who confronts his own deed with horror.
Combat du Giaour et du Pacha
Marking: Collector's mark stamped bottom right: Alexis Rouart (Lugt 2187a) Stamped on the verso: 'Made in France'
Alexis Rouart (French, 1839–1911); John Wesley Warrington
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," May 3, 1999–July 25, 1999.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," March 26, 2007–June 24, 2007.
Delteil 55.i; Delteil/Strauber 55.i
Adolphe Moreau Eugène Delacroix et son oeuvre. Librairie des Bibliophiles, Paris, 1873, cat. no. 9.
Artist: Eugène Delacroix (French, Charenton-Saint-Maurice 1798–1863 Paris)Date: 1823–30Medium: Graphite on gray-beige wove paper (probably a sheet from a sketchbook)Accession: 1975.1.612On view in:Not on view
Artist: Eugène Delacroix (French, Charenton-Saint-Maurice 1798–1863 Paris)Date: 1827–28Medium: Brush and brown wash with watercolor over graphite on heavy watercolor paperAccession: 1975.1.616On view in:Not on view