Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel


Henry Roderick Newman

(American, 1833-1918)


Sheet: 66 x 43.1 cm (26 x 16 15/16 in.)

Bequest of William Kelly Simpson 2018.72



This watercolor provides a close-up view of the Abu Simbel temples, which were buried in sand until their rediscovery in the 19th century. The American artist Henry Roderick Newman portrayed their architecture in multiple drawings between 1894 and 1913. In this later work, he meticulously layered dots and other marks to capture the tonality of sand and desert light.

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