Mar 18, 2013

Egypt and Nubia, Volume III: Interior of the Mosque of the Sultan El Ghoree

Egypt and Nubia, Volume III: Interior of the Mosque of the Sultan El Ghoree


Louis Haghe

(British, 1806–1885)

published by

F. G. Moon

(British, 1797–1871)

after David Roberts

(Scottish, 1796–1864)

Color lithograph

Support: Wove paper

Sheet: 43.7 x 60.3 cm (17 3/16 x 23 3/4 in.); Image: 34.2 x 48.7 cm (13 7/16 x 19 3/16 in.)

Bequest of John Bonebrake 2012.257

Catalogue raisonné: Abbey 272:122



The mosque of the Sultan El Ghoree was built by the Mamluk Sultan, Qansuh al-Ghuri (ruled 1501–16) according to sacred proportions. The lavish complex included an elegant fountain, a college, and the sultan’s own mausoleum, which was never used. Today, the mosque is still part of the historic urban fabric of modern Cairo. This print shows a view into its interior.

Artist David Roberts travelled in the Middle East and North Africa, particularly Egypt, from 1838
to 1839. During his journey, Roberts produced a great number of sketches. He developed these into watercolors, which were the basis for a series of 247 lithographs made by Louis Haghe, of which this is one.

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PR - Lithograph
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