• Title: Prayer on the Housetop
  • Creator: Alexandre Bida (French, 1823-1895)
  • Date Created: 1864
  • Subject Keywords: prayer; man; biblical/religious
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: Alexandre Bida (French, 1823-1895)
  • Provenance: William T. Walters, Baltimore, July 25, 1864, by commission; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Object Type: drawings
  • Medium: brush and ink with graphite underdrawing, white chalk, and scraping on cream, thick, slightly textured wove paper prepared with a white pigmented ground
  • Inscriptions: [Signature] In black crayon in lower right: Bida; [Inscription] Stenciled on back of frame: Dutocq et Fernandez, Rue du Bac 42, Paris
  • Exhibitions: Gérôme and His Circle: Travel, Art, and Business in the Middle East. 2015-2016., A Discerning Eye: Nineteenth-century Drawings and Watercolors. Academy Art Museum, Easton. 1998-1999., The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma. 2005-2006., Botanical Delights: Floral Motifs in 19th-Century Art. Government House, Annapolis; Strathmore Hall Art Center, North Bethesda; Academy Art Museum, Easton. 1998-1999., The Orientalists. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987-1988.
  • Dimensions: H: 14 x W: 9 7/8 in. (35.5 x 25.1 cm); Mat H: 19 1/4 x W: 14 1/4 in. (48.9 x 36.2 cm)
  • Credit Line: Commissioned by William T. Walters, 1864
  • Classification: Painting & Drawing
  • Accession Number: 37.913

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