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On the Desert
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On the Desert

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Description Gerome was a frequent traveler first visiting the East in 1854 and returning in 1867, 1869, 1875, and 1881. Some of his "Orientalist" paintings are of documentary interest whereas others are highly romanticized. This small panel, commissioned by William T. Walters, depicts two hounds being walked by a Nubian in a barren and windy desert. The trim shapes of the dogs suggest that they are "Pharaoh Hounds," a breed descended from the hunting dogs of ancient Egypt.
Date Description Narrative
1/11/1938Treatmentcleaned; coated
5/23/1989Examinationexamined for condition
5/23/1989Technical Reportexamined for technical study
1/01/1991Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation; coated
  • Jean-Léon Gérôme. Dayton Art Institute, Dayton; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1972-1973.
  • Public Property. 2012.
  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1867, by purchase [from the artist]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Lower left: J. L. Gerome
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1867

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before 1867
oil on panel
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H: 8 1/4 x W: 10 9/16 in. (21 x 26.8 cm); Framed H: 17 3/4 x W: 20 1/4 x D: 3 1/4 in. (45.1 x 51.4 x 8.3 cm)

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