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An Arab home

Frederick Goodall1893

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Frederick Goodall made his second trip to Egypt in 1870 in the company of his older brother and fellow artist, Edward Angelo, spending three months sketching and painting in Bedouin encampments at Sakkara on the edge of the desert, ‘painting the women weaving and the Arabs spinning the wheel, shearing sheep, taking their flocks to and from the pasture, grinding the corn with two stones’. ‘Their mode of life, in short,’ he said, ‘is just as it is described in the Bible, excepting they use guns instead of spears.’

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