North African Brigands and Arab, Circa 1845


This watercolor was painted by Frédéric Goupil-Fesquet (1817–78), a French artist of genre and history and a pioneer in photography. In 1839–40, he accompanied his uncle, the great French painter Horace Vernet (1789–1863), on a visit to North Africa and the Middle East. In 1843, Goupil-Fesquet published an account of their travels entitled Voyage d’Horace Vernet en Orient, which included 16 plates after Goupil-Fesquet. During the trip Goupil-Fesquet took some of the earliest known daguerreotype photographs of the region and its monuments. This watercolor, although it did not appear in the 1843 book, may relate to the series of images Goupil-Fesquet created on the journey with Vernet. The painting is from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection at the Brown University Library.

Last updated: January 8, 2018