The daughter of the English ambassador riding in a palanquin
Late 19th century
Fausto Zonaro (1854-1929)
Oil on canvas
W: 770 + H: 490 cm
Until he was appointed as the court painter in 1896, Zonaro was predominantly commissioned by European embassies in Istanbul. In his memoirs, the artist reveals that British Ambassador Sir Philip William Currie (1894-96), who was one of Zonaro’s clients, commissioned a painting depicting his stepdaughter on the palanquin on her way to the church to marry a diplomat. Sir Currie also requested the view of the Golden Horn – as seen from the garden of the embassy – to be included in the background of the painting. The palanquin carriers, two embassy officials smartly dressed in their uniforms and the young woman sitting on the palanquin in her bridal veil, posed for the artist for several days.
Orientalist Paintings Collection-Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Collection
"The daughter of the English ambassador riding in a palanquin" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2024. https://sharinghistory.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;tr;40;en;N
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