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Moslem Prostrating Himself on Prayer Rug
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Moslem Prostrating Himself on Prayer Rug

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Description This may be a study for a lost painting or illustration known only as a grisaille (a monochrome) in oil titled "Arabs at Prayer," which shows a group of men, seen from behind, in the interior of a mosque. This lost work is reproduced on page 305 of Gerald A. Ackerman's annotated reissued version of the drawings course that Bargue put together with fellow French academic painter, Jean-Léon Gérôme. This became the leading resource for teaching drawing in the second half of the 19th century. "Moslem Prostrating Himself on a Prayer Rug" was one of four drawings purchased in June 1883 from Goupil by George Lucas, William T. Walters' primary dealer in Paris. Walters' interest in images of prayer dated back to the early 1860s, when he filled two entire albums with such works.
Date Description Narrative
1/01/2002Examinationexamined for exhibition
  • The Orientalists. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987-1988.
  • Charles Bargue: The Art of Drawing. Dahesh Museum of Art, New York. 2003-2004.
  • The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma. 2005-2006.
  • Gérôme and His Circle: Travel, Art, and Business in the Middle East. 2015-2016.
Provenance Goupil, Paris; purchased by William T. Walters (through George A. Lucas as agent), Baltimore, 1883; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1883

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ca. 1883
charcoal on smooth, moderately thick, cream wove paper
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 9 1/2 x W: 11 11/16 in. (24.1 x 29.7 cm); Mat H: 14 1/4 × W: 19 1/4 in. (36.2 × 48.9 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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