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Pavement, Cairo

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Art And Craft



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Architecture - Pavement


John Singer Sargent
American, 1856 - 1925

Made in 1891
oil on canvas
overall: 48.3 x 58.4 cm (19 x 23 in.)
framed: 68.6 x 78.7 x 7 cm (27 x 31 x 2 3/4 in.)
Gift of Joseph F. McCrindle to NGA

One of a group of oil sketches associated with John Singer Sargent’s travels to Egypt in 1891, this painting represents the Mosque of Sulayman Pasha al-Khadim in Cairo’s citadel complex. Built in 1528, it is considered the first Ottoman-style mosque in Egypt. Using quick brushstrokes and an array of muted colors, Sargent captures the interior courtyard at a tranquil moment.

A wooden door on the far wall leads to the mosque’s prayer hall; marble wall panels are visible on either side of the doorway together with a grilled window. Sargent chose a low vantage point to highlight the intricate stonework of the inlaid marble floor. The Gallery’s collection includes other works from the artist’s extensive travels abroad, including Street in Venice (1882) and Valdemosa, Majorca: Thistles and Herbage on a Hillside (1908).


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Artist: John Singer Sargent