Description This may be a study for a lost painting or an illustration known only as a grisaille (a monochrome) 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 at Prayer" 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.
|1/01/2002||Treatment||examined for exhibition; cleaned; mounted; other|
- A Connoisseur's Portfolio: Nineteenth-century Drawings and Watercolors in the Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1983.
- A Discerning Eye: Nineteenth-century Drawings and Watercolors. Academy Art Museum, Easton. 1998-1999.
- Botanical Delights: Floral Motifs in 19th-Century Art. Government House, Annapolis; Strathmore Hall Art Center, North Bethesda; Academy Art Museum, Easton. 1998-1999.
- 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. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 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.
Inscriptions "C. Bargue" in black ink, lower right; "57" in graphite, upper right, verso.
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1883
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