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Portrait of John B. Carmac, in Greek Evzone Costume

1853 Walter Gould Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1829 Died: Florence, Italy 1893 oil on canvas 24 1/8 x 27 5/8 in. (61.2 x 70.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1974.108 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing


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Walter Gould painted this image in Florence in 1853, soon after he returned from Greece and Turkey. He posed the figure wearing Greek military costume and holding a long-stemmed pipe; there is also a water pipe, or hookah, on the floor beside the window. Gould was fascinated by the smoking habits of the people he met on his travels and, after witnessing the Ramadan fast in Turkey, was shocked that after having no food or drink all day, “the first thing a Turk makes a dive at . . . is his pipe.” (Letter from the artist, Kutahia, Asia Minor, four days from Constantinople, July 9, 1851, SAAM curatorial file)

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Architecture Interior

Dress - ethnic - Greek dress

Portrait male - Carmac, John B.

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Walter Gould

Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1829 Died: Florence, Italy 1893