Raphael von Ambros
- Raphael von Ambros
- Merchant before the Sabil of Nafisa al-Bayda, Cairo
- signed and dated R Ambros. Paris 90 lower right
- oil on panel
The location of the sabil was cleverly chosen. Among the masterpieces of late Ottoman architecture in Cairo, it remains visible to anyone entering the city from the south (fig. 1). It has always attracted the attention of travellers, writers and visitors alike. The slim rounded façade adorned with marble columns, geometric motifs masterfully carved on its limestone walls, and elaborate wooden eaves is not only visually attractive, but reveals much about the taste of its founder.