leighton and the midddle east

A Persian Pedlar

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Image Details

Title: 'A Persian Pedlar'
Date: 1852
Media: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 34 x 30cm
Location: Leighton House Museum
Picture credit: Leighton House Museum
Interpretation: This early work indicates Leighton's long-running interest in eastern peoples and places.  It depicts a small full-length figure of a man, in oriental costume, sitting cross-legged on a divan, with a long pipe in his hand.  The figure is almost certainly intended to be Turkish, even though it was painted some time before Leighton's lengthy expedition to Asia Minor in 1867.
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