George Price BOYCE (London 1826 - London 1897)

Nocturne: The Nile at Gizeh

Watercolour, with touches of bodycolour.
Laid down.
Titled The Nile at Gizeh in the lower left corner of the backing sheet.
Further inscribed, signed and dated The Nile at Gizeh, from window of Fadel Pasha’s house / by moonlight / George P Boyce. Novr. 20, 1861. on the backing sheet.
60 x 204 mm. (2 3/8 x 8 in.)

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This watercolour nocturne was drawn during a trip made by Boyce to Egypt in the winter of 1861-1862. He travelled to Egypt in October 1861 in the company of the Swedish artist Egron Sillif Lundgren (1815-1875) and the topographical painter Frank Dillon (1823-1909), and the three artists lived and worked together in Giza for several months, sharing a house on the western bank of the river Nile. Most of Boyce’s work during this period consisted of watercolour views of Egyptian temples and ruins, as well as views on the Nile.

Among the watercolours of this period are works with the titles The Nile at Gizeh with the Pyramid of Saqqara on the Horizon, The Great Sphinx of Gizeh, The Edge of the Great Desert, near Gizeh, The Call to Prayer, Gizeh, and A Dust Heap near the Babel Nasr, Cairo; all in private collections.

Provenance:
Probably the Boyce estate sale (‘Catalogue of the Remaining Works, and the Collection of Ancient & Modern Pictures and Water-Colour Drawings, of that Distinguished Artist, G. P. Boyce, R.W.S., Deceased, Late of West House, Glebe Place, Chelsea’), London, Christie’s, 1-3 July 1897, lot 63 (‘The Nile at Gizeh, 1861’), bt. Boyce for £5.5s.

George Price BOYCE

Nocturne: The Nile at Gizeh

A1050

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