EDWIN LONGSDEN LONG, R.A.
signed with monogram, inscribed and dated l.l.: EL / Cairo / 75
oil on paper laid on canvas
34 by 24.5cm., 13½ by 9½in.
The paper is lined onto canvas which is providing a stable structural support. There are pin holes in the top corner. The paint surface is dirty and would benefit from a light clean.
Under ultraviolet light there are isolated fine retouchings to her face and headdress, and minor retouchings in the background.
Held in a gilt frame, probably the original.
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Christie's, London, 10 July 2008, lot 170, where purchased by Stan Battat
This picture bears a strong resemblance to Esther painted three years later in 1879 (Bonhams, London, 23 March 2004, lot 79) in which a model wears a similar golden necklace. Long visited Cairo in 1875 during an extensive trip to Egypt and Syria which began in 1874. This was a turning point in his career when he began to paint scenes of Babylonian and Egyptian history rather than his earlier Spanish subject. In 1875 he received the commission to paint his magnus opus The Babylonian Marriage Market (Royal Holloway College, Egham).