Welcome to Painting the Nile as I chart the progress of my PhD exploring the art of some incredible women of the nineteenth century. Women travellers in the Orient (a nineteenth century term for the area we now know as North Africa and the Middle East) became an increasing phenomenon as the century progressed.
Some published their writings in the popular genre of travel writing, other recorded their journeys in private diaries, letters and sketchbooks. A few were professional artists, though 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.