Harem Scene

Artist: Henry Siddons Mowbray (1858–1928)

Date: ca. 1884–1900

Culture: American

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 17 x 22 in. (43.2 x 55.9 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Edward D. Adams, 1926

Accession Number: 26.158.3

Not on view
Orientalist painters were intrigued by the secret world of women at the hammam, which was inaccessible to their Western male eyes. Paintings of the type present voluptuous female bodies in various stages of undress, sometimes accompanied by servants or entertainers. This scene likely imagines a private bath in a palace harem (women’s quarters), evidenced in the water basin at the lower right corner, and mosaic floor at the lower left.
Signature: [at lower left]: H. SIDDONS MOWBRAY
Edward Dean Adams, New York, until 1926