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  1.  An interesting discussion has been ongoing for several years regarding the possibility that paintings signed by Hassan el Yashmid were actually painted by the English artist Arthur Dudley aka Giovanni Barbaro. The paintings are watercolours on paper and depict Egyptian desert scenes usually located near to the River Nile and Egyptian town scenes with particular emphasis on the Islamic architecture. The styles are similar in location to Barbaro's works and they usually portray solitary Arabian figures in stylised poses typical of the Victorian/Edwardian period. The original watercolours are rare but reproductions of these framed in decorated oak or pasted to card on plain glazed boards with hanging chains are fairly common and can be found around the world. This distribution is probably a consequence of the pictures being sold from bumboats to passing ships in the Suez Canal or in the local souks of Port Said or Suez. 

     If anyone has any information on Hassan el Yashmid, or owns any of his works, I would be very interested in hearing from you.

         Hassan el Yashmid.
    Here is a typical city study signed bottom rh corner by Hassan el Yashmid, framed under glass. Dimensions 300mm x 600mm. 

     
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    Companion town scene by Hassan el Yashmid
    This scene appears to be a companion to the previous, probably an alternative exit from the souk. Note the shadow cast by the minaret. Framed under glass. Dimensions : 300mm x 600mm. c1900.

     
     Orange seller under palm tree by Hassan el Yashmid.
    Orange seller under palm tree on the bank of the Nile, print of watercolour pasted to card, mounted on wooden board under glass, fitted with hanging chain. Signed Hassan el Yashmid (lower rh corner). c1900. This style of presentation was typically sold to passing ships in the Suez canal or in souks in Port Said or Suez. Dimensions : 255mm x 450mm.
    Have been advised by Marti that the above is titled "A Well Earned Rest". Thank you Marti for that information.
     

     Tribesman on camel looking across the Nile by Hassan el Yashmid.

    Bedouin tribesman on camel looking across the Nile, signed Hassan el Yashmid (lower lh corner), print of companion watercolour pasted to card, mounted on wooden board under thick glass and fitted with hanging chain. This is a classic scene situated near to the previous painting. c1900. Dimensions : 255mm x 450mm.

     

     Tribesman on camel opposite small town.
    Tribesman on camel opposite small town across the Nile with passing dhow. Print of watercolour pasted to card, framed under glass. Signed Hassan el Yashmid (lower rh corner). c1900. Dimensions : Frame : 665mm x 460mm. Image : 440mm x 240mm. This painting is again in the same location.

     
     Tribesman on camel looking across the Nile with passing dhow.
    Tribesman on camel looking across the Nile with passing dhow in late afternoon. Print of watercolour pasted to card and framed under glass. Signed Hassan el Yashmid (lower rh corner). c1900. Dimensions : Frame : 665mm x 460mm. Image : 440mm x 240mm. Again in the same location.

     

     

  2. Following on the theme of works by Arthur Dudley aka Giovanni Barbaro, a section has been added under the Menu heading of Giovanni Barbaro which will detail any recorded items regarding this artist. This will be updated as more information is obtained.

    Following further research and information from a fellow-collector, it now appears that Giovanni Barbaro was the real name of the artist and Arthur Dudley the pseudonym. 1901 and 1911 Census records indicate that an Italian subject, Giovanni Barbaro, an artist, born in Amolfi Italy in 1864 lived in Southampton and South Kensington respectively. His wife Amy, a watercolour artist, was living with him. Giovanni died aged 51 years in Chiswick on the 10th October 1915 and Amy died aged 70 years in Twickenham on 20th February 1937.

    Further details will be added as they are received. There are still many unanswered questions about this interesting artist especially relating to his nom de guerre.

    Update added 28.8.2012.

  3. As there is currently a watercolour work on sale in the Shop by the English artist Arthur Dudley signed and dated 1901, it is appropriate that an entry should be made about this artist. It is generally accepted that he also painted under the pseudonym Giovanni Barbaro and his works were generally still-life studies of fruit and Egyptian desert or town scenes. His most prolific period was 1890-1907 and he exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of British Artists. He is known to have lived in London and Bath. 

     I hope to be able to add further biographical details about this artist and will be very interested to receive any further information about Arthur Dudley/Giovanni Barbaro. 

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