Egyptian Landscape

Media - 1930.12.41 - SAAM-1930.12.41_1 - 62658
Copied C. Morgan McIlhenney, Egyptian Landscape, n.d., oil on canvas mounted on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Dr. William Henry Holmes, 1930.12.41
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Artwork Details

Title
Egyptian Landscape
Date
n.d.
Dimensions
129 38 in. (30.523.9 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. William Henry Holmes
Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas mounted on paperboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape — tree — palm tree
  • Architecture Exterior — classical — temple
  • Landscape — Egypt
Object Number
1930.12.41

Artwork Description

This painting shows a monument on Philae Island in Egypt known as Trajan’s Kiosk, or Pharaoh’s Bed, which was built for the Roman emperor Trajan. During the nineteenth century, magazines such as Harper’s New Monthly often published engravings of foreign monuments and landscapes with articles on travel. Charles McIlhenney, like many other artists, may have painted ideal landscapes of distant countries based on these illustrations.