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Sunset, Tombs Near Cairo
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Sunset, Tombs Near Cairo

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Description The composition of "A Well in the East," dated 1847, in the Wallace Collection, London (inv. no. P 263) has been reversed in this picture. The rich coloring of the sunset and the thick impasto of our picture are reminiscent of Decamps' painting. However, the lack of definition of forms at both sides of the picture, the reversal of the composition and the unusual signature in cursive script suggest that the painting is a forgery. Dewey F. Mosby in "Alexandre-Fabriel Decamps, 1803-1860" dissertation, Harvard University, 1973, illustrates a number of forgeries involving reversal of compositions (nos. 224, 24, and 62).
Date Description Narrative
2/07/1968Treatmentloss compensation; coated; other
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1902. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston. 1902.
Provenance Mrs. S. D. Warren; Mrs. S. D. Warren Sale, American Art Association, New York, January 8, 1903, no. 42; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1903; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions [Signature] Lower left: Decamps
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1903

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19th century
oil on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 12 13/16 x W: 24 13/16 in. (32.5 x 63 cm); Framed H: 24 1/2 x W: 36 1/2 in. (62.23 x 92.71 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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