The Draught Players
  • Date: 1859
  • Object Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on poplar panel
  • Image size: 40.3 x 28.6 cm
  • Inv: P301
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Further Reading
  • The players were identified as Arnauts, that is, Albanian soldiers in the service of Mohammed Ali in Egypt, when a photogravure of the painting was issued by the publishers Goupil. The type of bench on which they sit appears in several other paintings by Gérôme. The Wallace Collection's painting is a fine demonstration of Gérôme's meticulous, high-keyed manner which was an important constituent of his popular success. He made many visits to the Middle East between 1854 and 1875.