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The Lure of the East

CONTENTS

6 Foreword
Suna, İnan & İpek Kıraç

8 Foreword
Stephan Deucher, Andrea Rose

12 Acknowledgements
Nicolas Thomas, Christine Riding

18 Introduction: British Orientalist Painting
Nicolas Tromans

44 Cultures Crossed:  John Frederick Lewis and The Art of Orientalist Painting
Emily M. Weeks 

72 Seduced by ‘Samer’, or: How British Orientalist Painters Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Darkness
Fatema Mernissi

90 Regarding Orientalist Painting Today
Rana Kabbani

103 Catalogue

104 Portraiture – Travellers and Sitters: The Orientalist Portrait
Christine Riding

156
Genre – Genre and Gender in Cairo and Constantinople
Nicolas Tromans

192 Landscape – The Orient in Perspective
Nicolas Tromans

228 Harem – Harem and Home
Nicolas Tromans

272 Religion – The Holy City
Nicolas Tromans

320 Some Key Political Events 1792 – 1923

324
Further Reading

326 Artist’s Biographies

348
Exhibited Works

358 Lenders to the Exhibition

Pera Museum presented The Lure of the East: British Orientalist Painting exhibition organized in association with Tate Britain, one of the most distinguished art institutions of the world, and the British Council. The exhibition brought together some of the most important works of British Orientalist painting around the world. Opened at the Yale Center for British Art, U.S.A. in February 2008 and Tate Britain Linbury Galleries in June 2008, the widely acclaimed The Lure of the East exhibition was presented at Pera Museum. The 105 masterpieces included in the exhibition were accompanied by highlights such as Osman Hamdi Bey’s Two Musicians Girls and Henry Bone’s Portrait of Thomas Hope in Turkish Dress from the Suna and İnan Kıraç Collection, as well as David Wilkie’s Portrait of Sultan Abdülmecid from the Topkapı Palace Collection.

Date of Publication: 2008
Number of pages: 360
ISBN: 978-975-9123-52-9