Welcome to Painting the Nile as I chart the progress of my PhD exploring women artists and travellers in the Orient in the nineteenth century. The numbers of European women travelling to the Orient (a nineteenth century term for the area we now know as North Africa and the Middle East) increased greatly as the century progressed.
Some women published their experiences in the popular genre of travel writing, other recorded their journeys in private diaries, letters and sketchbooks. A few were professional artists, although their paintings were invariably overlooked in deference to male artists; a consequence of the times…I’ll be doing a lot of detective work looking through auction catalogues, trawling through footnotes, and searching museum archives to find these paintings. They will be worth the search, as is evident in the beautiful, refined painting of Henriette Browne, a professional French artist who visited the Orient in the mid nineteenth century.