Aug 1, 2019
Aug 1, 2019

A Caravan in the Desert

A Caravan in the Desert

c. 1860s

Narcisse Berchère

(French, 1819–1891)

Watercolor on wove paper

Sheet: 19.3 x 31 cm (7 5/8 x 12 3/16 in.)

Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2019.61


Did you know?

In addition to making numerous watercolors depicting Egypt, Narcisse Berchère published a book about his travels there.


This drawing is one of many in which Narcisse Berchère depicted the desert landscape of Egypt—which France had attempted to colonize just a few decades before. Here, a party of travelers walks through a flat and expansive space accompanied by camels. After studying in Paris, Berchère made his first of several trips to North Africa, which served as inspiration for much of his work.

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