Camel and Rider in Silhouette at Dusk, gouache on paper, signed Hamed, c1900.
Gouache on paper, pasted to acid board. Signed. Dimensions : Frame : 675mm x 300mm x 18mm. Image : 630mm x 250mm. Weight : 0.700kg net. Condition : Quite Good.
Camel and Rider in Silhouette at Dusk, gouache on paper pasted to acid board, signed Hamed. c1900. Framed.
Dimensions : Frame : 675mm x 300mm x 18mm. Image : 630mm x 250mm. Weight : 0.700kg net.
Condition/Notes : Quite good. The gouache on paper study depicts a classical Arabian scene with camel and rider on a dune silhouetted against the distant mosque and the turmeric coloured sky at sunset . The study is simple and yet effective and captures the essence of Arabia in an attractive and introspective manner. The work is signed Hamed in the foreground below the camel. The painting is in good condition with good strong colour and no paint loss; there are, however, a few light surface scratches on close examination and a light horizontal surface crease across the mid-upper sky but this is not noticeable in normal viewing. There is also some light vertical rubbing of the black gouache onto the background which may have occurred during periods of high temperature and humidity, probably when the frame was previously glazed, but again this does not affect the apppearance or enjoyment of the image. As was the practice at the turn of the century the paper support has been pasted to an acid board but this has not affected the work in any way as the support is heavy duty and a natural barrier. The painting is displayed in an ebonized previously glazed frame which is in quite good condition with general wear commensurate with its age. The acid backing board is loosely secured by old nails which have been twisted to compensate for the missing glazing. Remnants of the original dust sheet remain on the edges and appear to be probably from Boots Picture Framing & Art Department which was very popular at that time. There is a long reference number written in pencil along the top rh edge of the frame. Old screw-eyes attached.
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