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Eastern Scene, Algiers

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Image Details

Title: 'Eastern Scene, Algiers' also known as 'A Courtyard, Algiers
Date: c1879
Media: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 20.5 x 11cm
Location: Leighton House Museum
Picture credit: The Bridgeman Art Library
Interpretation: This work resulted from Leighton's extensive travels through North Africa and to the Middle East, where he made numerous pencil sketches and other studies in oil.  In Leighton's time the city of Algiers was a significant port it was considered to be a "gateway to the Orient"; an important staging post in journeys to further flung parts and a meeting place for artists and fellow travellers.
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