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Although he studied briefly with Étienne Bouhot and then Alexandre-Denis Abel de Pojol, Decamps was largely self-taught. He made only one visit to the Middle East, in 1828 (visiting Turkey, Greece and North Africa), but in the 1830s he established a considerable reputation as a painter of Orientalist themes and of religious subjects set in convincing locations. Although his ambitions to be a history painter on a grand scale were never realized, many contemporary critics ranked him with Ingres and Delacroix (qq.
oil on canvas
H 34 x W 42 cm
acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, probably 1853; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897