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“THE INTERIOR OF THE COPTIC CHURCH OF SANTA BARBARA, CAIRO”, 1918, BY THE BRITISH ARTIST AND ARMY CAPTAIN, FREDERICK OSWELL JONES

September 13, 2015

Interior of Santa Barbara

Frederick Oswell Jones (1873 – 1969) was a British artist and army captain officer, who was stationed in Cairo during WWI. One of his most beautiful pieces of artwork is a watercolour on paper drawing (12 by 8.75 inch” kept at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and is titled, “Interior of the Coptic Church of Santa Barbara, Cairo”. The artist inscribed the title in ink at the back of it and gave us the date, 9 November 1919. He signed it “F. Oswell Jones” in ink.
The V&A Museum tell us that the watercolour was given to the museum by the artist in 1949, and aadds a note: “Watercolour drawing of the interior of the Coptic Church of Santa Barbara in Cairo, reputed to be the first Christian church ever to have been built. Egypt, 1918.”

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