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CARL HAAG | The Ruins of the Temple of the Sun, Palmyra

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50,000 - 70,000 GBP
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Description

  • Attributed to Carl Haag
  • The Ruins of the Temple of the Sun, Palmyra
  • signed, dated and inscribed: Carl Haag. / Palmyra 1859. lower right
  • watercolour over traces of pencil, heightened with bodycolour, scratching out, stopping out and gum arabic
  • 76 by 132 cm., 30 1/8 by 52 1/4 in.
THE RUINS OF THE TEMPLE OF THE SUN, PALMYRA

Provenance

The Fine Art Society, London, by 1968
Probably purchased from the above by the present owner

Exhibited

London, Old Watercolour Society, 1860, no. 105

Catalogue Note

Between 1858 and 1860 Carl Haag travelled extensively in the Middle East. In October 1859 he made the acquaintance of Sheikh Medjuel el Mezrab and his English wife, Jane Digby, formally, Lady Ellenborough (1807-1881). The Sheikh was the leader of the Sebbah tribe and he granted Haag permission to travel to Palmyra and paint the ruins of Queen Zenobia's ancient city. The present watercolour, which is impressive in its scope and scale, was exhibited by Haag upon his return to London in 1860.
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