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PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED COLLECTOR

Frederick Arthur Bridgman
AMERICAN
AN INTERIOR IN BISKRA
Estimate
70,000100,000
LOT SOLD. 212,500 GBP
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PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED COLLECTOR

Frederick Arthur Bridgman
AMERICAN
AN INTERIOR IN BISKRA
Estimate
70,000100,000
LOT SOLD. 212,500 GBP
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Details & Cataloguing

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Frederick Arthur Bridgman
1847 - 1928
AMERICAN
AN INTERIOR IN BISKRA
signed and dated F A Bridgman / 1881 lower left
oil on canvas
67 by 104cm., 26½ by 41in.
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Provenance

Mathaf Gallery Ltd., London
Purchased from the above by the present owner in 1986

Catalogue Note

Painted in 1881, this scene of domestic life is set in a typical north African house with mud walls, illuminated by a sky light in the flat roof. Bridgman first visited Biskra, an oasis-city in northern Algeria, in 1879. The composition relates to a similar work, Café at Biskra, Algeria, dated 1884, in the Smithsonian American Art Museum collection.

Born in Alabama, Bridgman arrived in Paris from America in 1866, and entered the studio of Jean-Léon Gérôme at the École des Beaux-Arts the following year. Under Gérôme’s tutelage, he became increasingly interested in Orientalist subjects. However, it was his own travels to Algeria and Egypt from 1872 onwards that lent his paintings their unique character and high degree of verisimilitude.

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