CHD, Gateway of the Temple of Edfu, Egypt - Original 1919 pen & ink drawing
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An original 1919 pen & ink drawing, CHD Gateway of the Temple of Edfu, Egypt.
An exquisitely drawn view of the Gateway of the Temple of Edfu in Egypt. Inscribed "Ratzel" in reference to the German geographer and ethnographer Friedrich Ratzel who wrote on ancient Egyptian culture.
Initialled and dated lower right.
In excellent condition.
12.6cm x 17.9cm.
This work comes from a sketchbook of drawings by artist C.H.D. depicting scenes, architecture and objects from classical antiquity. Dating from 1918 to 1927, the drawings represent the popular fascination with the “Orient” in Britain at that time – fuelled by the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922, and Britain’s control over much of the newly abolished Ottoman Empire. Although the perceived exoticism of the East was romanticised in art, music and literature at that time, these drawings are topographical in style: their outstanding detail and accuracy is achieved through the study of books on archaeology and ethnology, and viewing museum artefacts. As well as depicting scenes from ancient Egypt, Palestine, Babylon, Greece and Rome, the artist is also interested in objects from the British Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages, drawing these with equal precision.