CHD, Palace of Nimrud, Nineveh - Original 1918 pen & ink drawing

An original 1918 pen & ink drawing, CHD Palace of Nimrud, Nineveh.

Two exquisitely drawn winged figures from the ancient Assyrian Palace of Nimrud at Nineveh. Inscribed "Layard" in reference to the English archaeologist Sir Austen Henry Layard, who in 1847 explored the ruins of Nineveh and rediscovered the lost palace of Sennacherib across the Tigris River from modern Mosul in northern Iraq.

Initialled and dated lower right.
In excellent condition, except for a small indentation in the paper lower right.
17.3cm x 24.4cm.

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.


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