'Moroccan Tambourine Girl', Orientalist painting by Burgess

By Burgess, John Bagnold (British, 1830-1897)

£9,500

This fine Orientalist painting by Burgess depicts a young girl holding a tambourine, a composition he likely arrived at during one of his many visits to Morocco.

 

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Description

John Bagnold Burgess has been famed since his own day for his Orientalist portrayals of subjects derived from his numerous visits to Spain and North Africa. After his first visit to Spain in 1858, Burgess travelled to North Africa, particularly Morocco, and themes and subjects taken from these visits formed the basis for much of his later painting.

The present work depicts a young girl wearing a vibrantly coloured Moroccan kaftan. She holds a tambourine in her right hand, within which is placed one pink rose. She glances directly at the artist—and thus us—in a bewitching manner. The painterly style is fluid, with expressive strokes of pure colour used to render the details of the kaftan, the girl’s white clothing, and the background architectural details.

The painting, which is set within a giltwood frame, is signed, dated, and situated lower right ‘J. B. Burgess / 1876 / Tangiers’.

Frame: Height 49cm, width 38cm, depth 4cm
Canvas: Height 42.5cm, width 31cm, depth 1.5cm

Details

Artist / Maker
By Burgess, John Bagnold (British, 1830-1897)
Country of Origin
French
Date of Manufacture
1876
Period
Late 19th Century
Style
Figurative Art, Orientalist
Material
Giltwood, Oil on Canvas
Colour
Gold, Multi-coloured

Dimensions

Height
49 cm / 19.3 inches
Width
38 cm / 15 inches
Depth
4 cm / 1.6 inches

Reference:
16843

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