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Arabs travelling in the Desert
  • Horace Vernet (1789 - 1863)
  • Arabs travelling in the Desert
  • Russia
  • 1843
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 46.7 x 57.7 cm
  • Signature: 'H Vernet / 1843'
  • P584
  • Oriental Armoury
Further Reading
  • This painting was exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1844 under the title 'Voyage dans le désert'. Vernet was famous for his superb memory and his ability to dispense with preparatory sketches. This is almost certainly the ‘little picture of our caravan in the desert’ which, as he told his wife, he painted during his second visit to Russia. This suggests that the title of this painting is wrong, and the indeed the men on the camels do not appear to be Arabs.