CARL HAAG (Erlangen 1820-1915 Oberwesel)
The artist’s studio in Cairo (recto); Architectural sketches of the artist’s studio in Cairo (verso)
signed ‘Carl Haag’ (lower right) and inscribed ‘Our Studio in Cairo’ (lower left); inscribed and dated ‘My painting room in Cairo/ In the Chritian [sic] quater [sic], Sooknaza, No. [...]/ Espekia’ and ‘Carl Haag/ 1859.’ (verso)
graphite, watercolor and bodycolor (recto); graphite (verso)
1912 x 1312 in. (49.5 x 34 cm)
The artist’s descendants; Sotheby’s, London, 29 April 1982, lot 35.
Anonymous sale; Christie’s, London, 15 March 1996, lot 83.
W. Karbach, Carl Haag. Victorian Court Painter and Travelling Adventurer Between Orient and Occident, Berlin, 2019, p. 356.
probably London, Watercolour Society, Winter exhibition, 1863-1864.
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In 1858 the artist visited Cairo and shared a house and studio with his friend and fellow artist Frederick Goodall (1822-1904), whom he had met the year before in London. Together the two artists rode every morning out into the surrounding countryside, sketching many facets of Egyptian life. Haag wrote in his letters that he had fallen in love with the country. In Cairo the two artists rented a house in the old Coptic quarter and gained a reputation for their hospitality with visiting artists and eminent travelers. At the winter exhibition of 1863-1864 of the Watercolour Society, of which Haag was a member, the artist presented various studies of Cairo, among which one was described as ‘Interior of a Copt House, Cairo. A study from the room which F. Goodall and myself enhabited [sic] when at Cairo 1858/59’ (see W. Karbach, op. cit. p. 188).

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