Kislar Aga, Chief of the Black Eunuchs, and first Keeper of the Serraglio.Engraved from the Collection of the Rt. Hon.ble Lord Baltimore.
Publ.d accord.g to Act of Parl.t July 25 1768.
Fine engraving. Plate 285 x 202mm (11¼ x 8"). Uncut with large margins.
Kislar Aga, the Master of the Girls at the Sultan's Imperial Harem. A seraglio is the sequestered living quarters used by wives and concubines in a Turkish household. After Francis Smith (fl.1760s) painter, apparently born in Naples, where he painted topographical views for the tourist trade. He accompanied Frederick Calvert, 6th Baron Baltimore (1731-1771, named in inscription) to the Levant 1763-4, then exhibited in London 1768-73. From a series of Ottoman costume plates and portraits.
Provenance: Hermitage Hexham.
[Ref: 30126] £240.00