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Odalisque in Yellow
  • Richard Parkes Bonington (1802 - 1828)
  • Odalisque in Yellow
  • 1826
  • Painting
  • Watercolour and bodycolour with gum varnish on paper
  • Image size: 15.5 x 17.4 cm
  • Signature: 'R P Bonington 1826'
  • P749
  • 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 Red', P734).