Lot 39
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JOHN FREDERICK LEWIS, R.A. | The Hypaethral Temple at Philae, Upper Egypt

12,000 - 18,000 GBP
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  • Lewis
  • The Hypaethral Temple at Philae, Upper Egypt
  • watercolour with bodycolour
  • 35.5 by 23cm., 14 by 19in.


Artist's studio sale, Christie’s, 5 July 1855, lot 137, as ‘The Hypaethral Temple, at Philae' A very elaborate and beautiful work ‘, to ‘Col’ (probably Colnaghi) for £12 12; 
Sotheby's, 9 November 1995, lot 157


London, The Fine Art Society, Spring ‘96, no.16;
London, The Fine Art Society, Style: Art & Design 1830-1880, 1998, no.17

Catalogue Note

John Frederick Lewis spent ten years in Egypt arriving there in late 1841. However, it was not until 1850 that he made a trip along the Nile visiting, Edfou, Thebes and Philae. The Temple at Philae, also known as the Bed of the Pharaoh, dates from the Roman period, built under Emperor Trajan (A.D. 98-117). It was intended as a monumental entrance to the temples on the island of Philae but was never completed.