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signed and dated L. Deutsch 1891 lower left

oil on panel

40.5 by 30cm., 16 by 11¾in.

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The panel is flat, even and ensuring a stable support. The paint surface is stable.

There are some pin-head sized nail holes along the extreme right framing edge, barely visible to the naked eye.

With the exception of some fine lines of cosmetic retouching in the torso of the standing man, this work appears to be in very good condition and with no sign of restoration.

This work is ready to hang.

Presented in a decorative gilt frame with a nameplate. 

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Sale: Sotheby's, London, 16 June 1982, lot 232

Mathaf Gallery, London (purchased at the above sale)

Purchased from the above

Caroline Juler, Najd Collection of Orientalist Paintings, London, 1991, p. 45, cited, p. 51, catalogued & illustrated

Lynne Thornton, Les Orientalistes, Peintres Voyageurs, Paris, 2001, p. 238, catalogued & illustrated

Egypt’s history has long depended on water supply from the Nile. In the nineteenth century, an intricate system of canals and aqueducts supplied Cairo with fresh water, which was dispensed at public wells or sebils throughout the city. However, those who did not have easy access to these fountains, as well as the old and the infirm, had to rely on water sellers to obtain fresh water. These men occupied an important role in Cairene society, especially during periods of drought or when the fountains dried up. Using water sacks made of animal skin or glass, they distributed water door-to-door, as in the present work. As a western artist living in Cairo, Deutsch took a strong interest in local life; water sellers, a popular subject among the Orientalist painters, suited the artist's quest for verisimilitude.