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Odalisque in Red
  • Richard Parkes Bonington (1802 - 1828)
  • Odalisque in Red
  • France
  • 1827
  • Painting
  • Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour with gum varnish on paper
  • Image size: 21.5 x 15 cm
  • Signature: 'RPB. 1827'
  • P734
  • Not on display
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Odalisques were slave women in an Eastern harem (cf. Decamps, 'An Odalisque', P666 and Müller, 'An Odalisque', P605). Bonington produced only a few, comparatively restrained, exercises in the erotic Orientalism favoured by his friends Delacroix and Jules-Robert Auguste in the mid-1820s (see also Bonington, 'The Arabian Nights', P657 and 'Odalisque in Yellow', P749).