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"The Arab Scribe" by J.F. Lewis, 1852
"The Bath" by J.L. Gerome, in the Legion of Honor, San Francisco
"Odalisque" by Max Nonnenbruch
"By order of the sultan" by Antonio Fabres
"Idle Moments" by Frederick Arthur Bridgman, 1875
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"The Arab scribe" by J.F. Lewis

"The Arab scribe" by J.F. Lewis

John Frederick Lewis's 1852 painting of an Egyptian girl and her servant visit a scribe, perhaps to have a letter written. But what is the book? It looks as if it has an illustration of some sort. Perhaps the scribe is copying some part of the book for them? A recipe? A love potion? Lewis painted this image a couple of years after returning to England from a decade in Cairo where public scribes who would be paid to write letters for the illiterate would have been a common sight.

Last modified 24 Mar 13, 5:34 PM by Tanos