In the Bezestein, El Khan Khalil, Cairo

John Frederick Lewis


Watercolour, wash, graphite under drawing

33.5 x 26 cm.

Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery

Emily Weeks wonders why Lewis used himself as a model here — for this is undoubtedly the artist, in the local costume that he adopted during his long stay in Cairo. Could it have been, as she suggests, because he wanted to comment on the morals of the marketplace, indeed, of the whole capitalist system? [Commentary continues below.]

Image kindly provided by the Watts Gallery, for purposes of reviewing their exhibition, linked below. [Click on the image to enlarge it and mouse over the text for links.]