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Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann (Danish, 1819-1881)

'Egyptian girl with wine jug', 1870

also called 'Fellahine et sa cruche'

inscribed 'Cairo 1870'


signed 'E. Jerichau' lower left

signed 'Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann' lower right

pencil on paper, 26cm x 29cm


This important drawing was executed in Cairo on Mme. Jerichau Baumann's first trip to Egypt in 1869-70. It was on this trip that she, as one of the first European painters ever, was granted access to the harems of Constantinople.


Mme. Jerichau Baumann sketched while travelling, and based her large oil paintings for exhibition in Europe upon her sketches. A correponding painting entitled 'Arab woman with wine jug' was later completed in Europe based entirely upon the present drawing. Several of her later paintings take inspiration from the model & costume in this drawing, including 'Water Carrier' (1875), 'Egyptian woman with child, unfinished' and 'An Egyptian fellah woman with her child' (1872), 'Esther, Egyptian woman' (1874), 'Pottery Seller' (1876), 'Pottery Seller near Gizeh' (1876-78).


Study for a painting with the dimensions 70×52 cm (owner unknown).

See: Jerzy Miskowiak, “Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann. Nationalromantikkens enfant terrible”, Frydenlund, 2018, ill. p. 194.

Provenance: Bruun Rasmussen Vejle auction 1, 1990 no. 635.

Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann (Danish, 1819-1881) 'Egyptian girl' Cairo 1870


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