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Interior of a Mosque or the Mimbar of the Great Mosque at Damascus

Photo credit: Government Art Collection

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Leighton visited Damascus in 1873 and made several pencil studies of the city's architecture and inhabitants. This work is an oil sketch for a larger painting entitled 'Portions of the Interior of the Grand Mosque of Damascus', which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1875 and is now in the collection of the of the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston. Leighton's interest in the Middle East led him to commission an 'Arab Hall' for his home in Holland Park, London, designed by his friend and architect George Aitchison.

Government Art Collection



oil on canvas


H 31 x W 24.5 cm

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purchased from Christie's, 2003

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