Der Tanz der Almeh zy Benisouef.
Prag bey P. Bohmanns Erben [1825.]
Sepia aquatint. Sheet 230 x 325mm (9 x 12ž"). Trimmed within plate, nick in bottom edge.
'The Dance of the Almeh at Beni Suef', after a drawing by Fragonard. Originally they were like the Japanese Gheisha, being educated girls of good social standing, trained in dancing, singing and poetry, present at festivals and entertainments, and hired as mourners at funerals. By the mid-19th century the name had become synonymous with the more erotic belly dancer. This plate was etched by Jiri (George) Döbler for the scarce Prague edition of 'Voyage dans le Levant' by Louis, Comte de Forbin. Forbin (1779-1841), a painter and antiquarian, succeded Vivant-Denon (head of Bonaparte's 'Savants') as curator of the Musée du Louvre after the restoration of the Bourbon Monarchy. He travelled around the Levant 1817-18, painting and collecting artifacts for French museums. The original French edition was illustrated with lithographs.
see V & A SP.265:71
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