The Coptic Church is the ancient Orthodox Christian Church of Egypt. This realistic painting shows a busy courtyard with camels, figures, laterns, goats, sheep and birds in flight.
John Frederick Lewis
The Courtyard of the Coptic Patriarch's House in Cairo
36.8 x 35.6 cm
Oil on wood
Date of work
Original: Oil on wood 36.8 x 35.6 cm. ® Tate, London
John Frederick Lewis developed his precocious talents as draughtsman and etcher who studied from live specimens and dissected cadavers. His early work as a sporting and wildlife painter later turned to watercolours, concentrating on landscape and topographical views and picturesque genre subjects. He began to travel in search of motifs, starting with an extensive sketching tour on the Continent in 1827. Other influences were Devon, Scotland, Spain, Morocco, Italy, Greece and present day Turkey.