FREDERICK ARTHUR BRIDGMAN | THE WEAVER
FREDERICK ARTHUR BRIDGMAN
1847 - 1928
signed F. A. Bridgman / Alger lower left
oil on canvas
50 by 67cm., 19¾ by 26¼in.
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The canvas has been lined and is securely attached to a keyed wooden stretcher which is providing stable support.
The paint surface is even and stable. There is a pattern of hairline craquelure throughout which is only visible upon close inspection.
Inspection under ultra-violet light reveals some small, isolated spots of cosmetic retouching, including in the background in the upper left quadrant. Otherwise, this work appears to be in very good condition and is ready to hang.
Presented in a decorative gilt frame.
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Private collection, USA (by 1992)
Mathaf Gallery, London
Purchased from the above
Caroline Juler, Najd Collection of Orientalist Paintings, London, 1991, p. 27, catalogued & illustrated
Sydney, The Art Gallery of New South Wales; Auckland, Auckland Art Gallery, Orientalism: Delacroix to Klee, 1997-98, no. 68, illustrated in the catalogue (as The Embroiderer (La Brodeuse), after 1900)
In an Algiers interior, a girl in a diaphanous blouse and şalwar trousers pauses from her work weaving a rug or tablecloth and is momentarily lost in thought. Cigarette in hand, she slips off a babouche, the other having already been tossed aside. She is richly bejewelled with gold and silver bangles on both her wrists and ankles, and her hair is held in place by a headband and a circlet. Beside her, a tame gazelle looks on. The Ottoman-styled interior is richly decorated and filled with light, while shadows cast on the wall mirror the intricate patterns in the architecture.
Following his first trip to Cairo and Algeria in 1872, Bridgman turned almost exclusively to painting scenes of Egyptian and Algerian life. Putting up his family in the Hôtel de l'Orient in the Mustapha Supérieur quarter of Algiers, he used the services of a local guide, Belkassem, to gain access to private houses from which he would watch and paint daily life. Bridgman's experiences in Algeria and his prolific creative output led to the publication of a book, Winters in Algiers, illustrated with woodcuts modelled along the artist's drawings and paintings.