The Golden Horn

Tristram James Ellis, Tristram Ellis1880/1890

Pera Museum

Pera Museum

In this painting featuring the Golden Horn, the artist brings together the bustle of daily life on the sea with the silhouette of the city in the crimson light of the evening. The skyline of the Historical Peninsula in the background is defined by buildings such as the Süleymaniye Mosque, the Beyazıt Tower, and the Rüştem Paşa Mosque. This is one of the two of his paintings depicting life at the Golden Horn in the exhibition and employs a similar vantage point. While the painting bears the artist’s signature and the phrase “İstanbul”, it is not dated. Even though there is little information available about the artist, who is renowned for his watercolors, he is thought to have arrived in İstanbul after 1885.

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  • Title: The Golden Horn
  • Creator: Tristram James Ellis
  • Date: 1880/1890
  • Physical Dimensions: w770 x h360 cm
  • Collection: Orientalist Paintings Collection
  • Type: watercolor on cardboard
  • Rights: Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Collection, Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation
  • External Link: Orientalist Paintings Collection