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  1. With the focus of the World's attention on the MIddle East there is a growing
    interest and fascination with the works of the 19th and 20th Century Orientalists
    who captured a totally different aspect and view of the Middle East as we know
    it today. Whether this was fantasy or fact will remain the subject of debate but it
    cannot be denied that their works are colourful, sensual, atmospheric, beautiful,
    erotic and enjoyable. The paintings take us back to Colonial times which had 
    offered the opportunity for artists from the West to travel to the Near and Middle
    East and respond to the climatic effects on their mediums and on their own view
    of this world. The results produced an image of a peaceful and exotic world that
    cannot be recognised today and which has been captured for posterity in these
    wonderful works. 

    Following is a list of the major Orientalist artists:

    Alma Tadema, Lawrence (1836-1912). British.
    Anger, Jacques (b-1940).  French.
    Barbaro, Giovanni (fl.1889-1907), (1864-1915). (aka Dudley, Arthur).  Italian.
    Bartolini, Federico Filippo (1861-1908). Italian.
    Bechard, Henri (fl. 1870-1889). French.
    Bracht, Eugene (1842-1921) Swiss.
    Boulanger, Gustave Clarence Rodolphe (1824-1888). French.
    Bridgman, Frederick Arthur (1847-1928). American.
    Canning, Charlotte (1817-1861). British.
    Charlemont, Eduard (1848-1906). Austrian.
    Chasseriau, Theodore (1819-1856). French.
    Coleman, William Stephen (1829-1904). British.
    Cormon, Fernand (1845-1924). French.
    Coulson, John (19th-20th C). British.
    Dadd, Richard (1817-1886). (alt. 1819-1887). British.
    Dauzats, Adrien (1804-1868). French.
    Delacroix, Eugene (1798-1863). French.
    Deutsch, Ludwig (1855-1935). Austrian.
    Dinet, Alphonse Etienne (1861-1929). French.
    Dudley, Arthur (fl. 1889-1907) (aka Barbaro Giovanni).
    Dulac, Edmund (1882-1953). British.
    Edmond, Rene Charles (1877-1960). French.
    Ernst, Rudolf (1854-1920). Austrian.
    Foweraker, Albert Moulton (1873-1942). English.
    Fromentin, Eugene (1820-1876). French.
    Gerome, Jean-Leon (1824-1904). French.
    Goodall, Frederick (1822-1904). British.
    Guillaumet, Gustave Achille (1840-1887). French.
    Hansen, Hans (fl. 1874-1948) (1843-1957). Scottish.
    Hardy, Dudley (1867-1922). English.
    Harper, Henry Andrew (1835-1900). British.
    Hepple, John Wilson (1886-1939). British.
    Holmes, Frank (fl.1920-1938) British.
    Hunt, William Holman (1827-1910). British.
    Ingres, Jean Auguste Dominique (1780-1867). French.
    Kelly, Robert Talbot (1861-1934). English.
    Lamplough, Augustus Osborne (1877-1930). British.
    Lear, Edward (1812-1888). British.
    Leighton, Frederic (1830-1896). British.
    Lewis, John Frederick (1805-1876). British.
    Liotard, Jean-Etienne (1702-1789). Swiss.
    Long, Edwin Longsden (1829-1891). British.
    Lynton, Henry (Harry) Stanton (fl.1886-1904). British.
    Marchettini, A (Emilio) (19th C). Italian.
    Morgan, Walter Jenks (1847-1924). English.
    Pasini, Alberto (1826-1899). Italian.
    Perlberg, Friedrich (1848-1921). German.
    Ralli, Theodore (1852-1909). Greek.
    Roberts, David (1796-1864). Scottish.
    Rosati, Giulio (1858-1917). Italian.
    Ross, Christina Paterson (1843-1906). Scottish.
    Rousseau, Henri-Emilien (1875-1933). French.
    Roubtzoff, Alexandre (1884-1949). Russian.
    Tissot, James (1836-1902). French.
    Weeks, Edwin Lord (1849-1903). American.
    Zommer, Richard Karlovich (1866-1939). Russian. (b. Austria).

    This list is by no means exhaustive and will be updated regularly.  

    For more information about the works of the above artists, or any other
    artist of your choice, please enter the name in the search box below :



  2.  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. 



    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.