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Title View at Siout, Upper Egypt
Alternative Title View Taken at Séoux Upper Egypt
Collection Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Artist Frère, Charles Théodore (French painter, 1814-1888)
Date 1856 (dated)
Signed yes
Description Frère was a painter of oriental scenes. He worked at Marseilles, and was much in vogue and attracted much praise in the period 1851-68. This scene, in what appears to be an evening light, is set in a city now called Asyut, situated on the Nile, 200 miles south of Cairo. The old name of the city is Syut, and it was also called Lycopolis when occupied by the Greeks. The background shows the nineteenth-century English barrage built to regulate the waters of the Nile. The waters flow into the Ibrahimiyya canal, used for irrigation throughout the region.
Current Accession Number B.M.1000
Former Accession Number No. 692; No. 161
Inscription front lr 'TH. FRERE. 1856.'
Subject landscape (Asyut, Egypt); figure; animal (cows)
Measurements 27 x 41 cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by the founders John and Joséphine Bowes 1885.
Provenance Bought from Boussaton by Lepautre for Bowes, 15 February 1869, 78 francs.
Notes Listed in John Bowes' catalogue, no. 692, under the title 'View taken at Sioux Upper Egypt' It is noted that the picture is signed and dates from the nineteenth century. Also in 1877 MSS List, no. 161. This painting is listed in Joséphine Bowes' own list of artists living in 1866, no. 161. For information on Frère, see Soubiran, J.-R., Le Paysage Provençal et l'Ecole de Marseille avant l'Impressionisme 1845-1874, Musée de Toulon, 1992, pp. 94-95. Chaumelin wrote in 1858: 'M. Théodre Fre[g]re nous envoie invariablement des vues d'Orient roses, amarantes, oranges, violettes, reve[cir]tues, en un mot, des teintes les plus vives, les plus éblouissantes, les plus radieuses qu'il soit possible d'imaginer'.
Rights Owner The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
Author Dr Maylis Hopewell-Curie

 

 

 

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