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  • Saada, the Wife of Abraham Benchimol, and Préciada, One of Their Daughters, 1832
    Eugène Delacroix (French, 1798–1863)
    Watercolor over graphite; 8 3/4 x 6 3/8 in. (22.2 x 16.2 cm)
    Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971 (1972.118.210)

    Delacroix produced this sumptuous watercolor on a trip to North Africa in 1832. He accompanied his friend, the Count de Mornay, on his mission as goodwill ambassador to the sultan of Morocco, cAbd ar-Rahman II (r. 1822–59). Assigned to the delegation as dragoman was the Jewish interpreter Abraham-Ben-Chimol (Abraham Benchimol) of Tangier, who introduced the Frenchmen to his wife and daughter; the latter is pictured here in her bridal attire. In his Journal, Delacroix described in extensive detail a Jewish wedding he attended in Tangier on February 21, 1832.

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  • Saada, the Wife of Abraham Benchimol, and Préciada, One of Their Daughters, 1832
    Eugène Delacroix (French, 1798–1863)
    Watercolor over graphite; 8 3/4 x 6 3/8 in. (22.2 x 16.2 cm)
    Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971 (1972.118.210)

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