142. Willem de Famars Testas

Willem de Famars Testas
(Utrecht 1834 – Arnhem 1896)
Mamluk in the Desert
Annotated dessiné par Monsieur E. Prisse d’Avennes on the reverse
Watercolour on paper, 25.2 x 34.8 cm
Acquired directly from the family of the artist, thence by descent to the present owner
The annotation on the reverse of the present lot revers to the French archaeologist, Egyptologist, architect and writer Achille-Constant-Théodore-Émile Prisse d’Avennes (1807-1879). In 1827 when he reached Egypt, he was hired by the viceroy of Egypt, Muhammad Ali Pasha, as a civil engineer. He spent many years living as an Egyptian, adopting the name Idriss-effendi, learning to speak Arabic and practicing Islam. He stated that adopting Egyptian culture resulted in a greater understanding of Egyptian society and people. Willem de Famars Testas stayed in Egypt with Prisse from 1858 to 1860 and returned back home accompanied by a wealth of drawings and watercolours, which continued to inspire him for the rest of his life.

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