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Hindu Merchants

ca. 1885 Edwin Lord Weeks Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1849 Died: Paris, France 1903 oil on canvas 28 3/8 x 22 7/8 in. (72.2 x 58.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Emily Tuckerman 1924.7.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing


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Edwin Lord Weeks traveled to India in 1883, following many years of travel throughout North Africa. A photographer as well as a painter, he wrote in his letters that he wandered the streets by day and developed his photographs at night. He reveled in the local culture, paying particular attention to the details of dress and customs. He was less interested in royalty than in the everyday lives of people he encountered in the streets.  Weeks relied on his photographs to supply the rich details of Indian architecture: elaborately carved cornices and arches filled with polychromed geometric and floral designs speak to the visual sophistication of Indian civilization. The lasting impact of his paintings was to bring alive a culture with which most of his American patrons were unfamiliar. 

Keywords

Animal - dog

Animal - horse

Architecture Exterior - commercial - market

Ethnic - Hindu

Figure group - male

Occupation - vendor

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Edwin Lord Weeks

Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1849 Died: Paris, France 1903

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