Two Camels

John Frederick Lewis British

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Lewis sketched these camels draped in colorful, decorative trappings during a visit to the Sinai. The evocative study typifies the artist’s carefully detailed work in Egypt between 1841 and 1851, years during which he produced hundreds of drawings. Once back in England, Lewis used the studies to develop evocations of life in Egypt, Syria and Turkey in watercolor and oil, works that profoundly influenced British conceptions of that region. At least two later desert subjects rely on the present sheet.

Two Camels, John Frederick Lewis (British, London 1804–1876 Walton-on-Thames), Watercolor and  gouache (bodycolor) over black chalk on brownish paper

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