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Saada, the Wife of Abraham Ben-Chimol, and Préciada, One of Their Daughters

Eugène Delacroix (French, Charenton-Saint-Maurice 1798–1863 Paris)

Watercolor over graphite on wove paper
8-3/4 x 6-3/8 in. (22.2 x 16.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971
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  • Description

    Delacroix produced this sumptuous watercolor on a trip to North Africa in 1832. He accompanied his friend the Count de Mornay on his mission as good-will ambassador to the Sultan of Morocco, Abd-er-Rahman II. Assigned to the delegation as dragoman was the Jewish interpreter Abraham Ben-Chimol (Abraham Benchimol) of Tangiers, who introduced the Frenchmen to his wife and to his daughter, pictured here in her bridal attire. In his "Journal," Delacroix described in extensive detail a Jewish wedding he attended in Tangiers on February 21, 1832.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: [pen and brown ink, lower left]: Eug Delacroix

  • Provenance

    Comte Charles de Mornay ; Albert Hecht (Paris); Donor: Walter C. Baker

  • Exhibition History

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Walter C. Baker Collection of Drawings," June 1, 1960–September 1, 1960.

    Musée du Louvre. "Dessins Français du Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, de David à Picasso," October 25, 1973–January 7, 1974.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Nineteenth Century French Drawings and Prints," June 23, 1981–August 23, 1981.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "French Drawings Recently Acquired, 1975-1984," November 27, 1984–February 10, 1985.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 28, 2003–July 27, 2003.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," March 2007–June 2007.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," March 26, 2007–June 24, 2007.

  • Catalogue Raisonné

    Robaut 500; MMA 1991.27; Escholier 1927

  • References

    L'Orient et la peinture française au XIXe siècle, d'Eugène Delacroix à Auguste Renoir. 1930, p. 38, ill.

    Jean Guiffrey Le Voyage de Eugène Delacroix au Maroc, IV, album ayant appartenu à M. le Comte de Mornay. Paris, 1909, cat. no. 9, p. 189.

    Alfred-Ernest Robaut L'Oeuvre complet d'Eugène Delacroix: Peintures, Dessins, Gravures, Lithographies. Paris, 1885, cat. no. 500, p. 133.

    Raymond Escholier Delacroix: Peintre, Graveur, Ecrivain. vol. I, 1926, Also mentioned on p. 67, p. 30, ill.

    French Drawings from American Collections: Clouet to Matisse Ex. cat. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Dutch, French and English versions of catalogue. Rotterdam, Paris, New York, MMA February 3 - March 15, 1959, cat. no. 113, fig. no. 114, p. 85, ill.

    Claus Virch Master Drawings in the Collection of Walter C. Baker. New York, 1962, cat. no. 97, pp. 55-56, ill.

    Centenaire d'Eugène Delacroix 1798-1863. Ex. cat. Paris, 1963, cat. no. 162, pp. 64-65.

    Mémorial de l'exposition Eugène Delacroix organisée au Musée du Louvre a l'occasion du centenaire de la mort de l'artiste. no. 31, Paris, 1963, cat. no. 162, ill.

    Jacob Bean, Linda Boyer Gillies, Cynthia Lambros, Roseline Bacou, Réunion des musées nationaux Dessins français du Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York de David à Picasso. 54th Exposition de Cabinet des Dessins Musée du Louvre, 25 October, 1973-7 January 1974. Paris, 1973, cat. no. 37, fig. no. 18, pp. 38,88.

    Maurice Sérullaz Delacroix. Paris, 1981, p. 62, ill.

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History