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HOW THEY SAW THE COPTS: COPTIC MAIDEN BY THE GERMAN ARTIST GUSTAV RICHTER

March 4, 2013

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 Figure 1: Coptic Maiden by Gustav Richter as it appears in Egypt: Descriptive, Historical, And Picturesque (Aegypten in Bild und Wort) by George Ebers. Translated from the Original German By Clara Bell. With an introduction and notes by S. Birch, D.C.L., LL.D., F.S.A., Keeper of the Department of Oriental Antiquities in the British Museum; President of the Society of Biblical Archœology, etc., etc., etc. VOL. I. (New York, London, Paris & Melbourne, Cassell & Company, Limited, 1879); p. 33.

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Figure 2: Coptic Maiden by Gustav Richter as it appears in Zigzag journeys In The Levant, With A Talmudist Storyteller (1886) by Hezekiah Butterworth (1839 – 1905) (Boston, Estes and Lariat, 1886); p. 137.

Gustav Carl Ludwig Richter (1823 – 1984), or simply Gustav Richter, was a German artist who was interested in painting figures and portraits.

He has an interesting painting, titled “Coptic Maiden”, which I reproduce to my readers here. I do not know if he visited Egypt or if his “Coptic Maiden, which appear in two publications at least, as a lithographic black and white art, is based on a coloured painting. Perhaps one of my readers will help in finding about that.

 

 

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