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The Queen of Sheba, from L’Illustration, No. de Noel

The Queen of Sheba, from L’Illustration, No. de Noel

1911

Edmund Dulac

(British, 1882-1953)

Pen and brown ink and watercolor and gouache

Sheet: 31.6 x 25.4 cm (12 7/16 x 10 in.)

Bequest of James Parmelee 1940.738

Description

A celebrated artist of the golden age of British book illustration, the French-born Dulac was inspired by Persian miniatures and manuscript illustration. This watercolor was one of a series of four scenes painted to accompany a poem by André Dumas, "Figures of the Orient." Dulac depicted legendary enchantresses of the East: Circe, Salome, Scheherazade, and here, the Queen of Sheba. Aloft a camel, the dark-haired beauty languorously surveys the arid landscape as she and her entourage approach the Holy Land. Vibrant silks spill out of the queen’s gold and lapis howdah, a veritable mosaic of texture and pattern.

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Collection: 
DR - British
Department: 
Drawings
Type of artwork: 
Drawing

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