Interior of the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, Cairo

Edward Angelo Goodall1880

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia

Edward Angelo Goodall was in many ways a stereotypically intrepid Victorian artist, journeying from England to British Guiana as official artist and also painting in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Morocco. In this painting he takes us inside the open courtyard, or sahn, of the great 14th-century Mosque of Sultan Hassan in Cairo, Egypt. The courtyard features a domed ablutions fountain surrounded by iwans (recessed spaces for prayer and instruction) with oil lamps hanging from their arches. Goodall’s depiction of the building, which by the 19th century had fallen into semi-decay, was described by one critic as ‘an immense interior peopled with worshippers, full of dust and heat, with sun rays striking through the lofty openings in the walls’.


  • Title: Interior of the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, Cairo
  • Creator: Edward Angelo Goodall
  • Date Created: 1880
  • Physical Dimensions: 75.5 x 116.5 cm image (sheet larger as wrapped around a wooden board); 107.5 x 148.5 x 7.5 cm frame
  • Provenance: Source unknown, Purchased by the AGNSW in London in 1883
  • Type: Watercolour
  • Rights: Purchased 1883
  • External Link: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/1086/
  • Medium: watercolour and bodycolour with scraping out over pencil underdrawing
  • Signature & Date: Signed and dated l.l., "E. A. Goodall./ 1880.".
  • Object Other Titles: Interior of mosque of Sultan Hassan, Cairo; Mosque of Sultan Hassan, Cairo
  • Artist Country: England

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