Here are some of my favorite paintings, done by artists during the Victorian Era. Some may be rather romanticized, but the colors and settings are wonderful and in many ways bring Kemet to life. 

Works displayed here are by the following 19th century artists: Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Wright Barker, Frederick Arthur Bridgman, Alexandre Cabanel, Hon. John Collier, Thomas Frances Dicksee, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Edward Lear, Edwin Long, and David Roberts.  As a convenience, there are clickable links on some of the titles, to order prints where available.



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An Egyptian Widow in the Time of Diocletian by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1872
Original oil in Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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Egyptian Chess Players by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1865
Original oil in private collection

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Joseph, Overseer of the Pharoah's Granaries by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1874
Original oil in a private collection

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The Finding of Moses by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1904
Original oil in a private collection

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Pastime in Ancient Egypt by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
(Scan courtesy of Imakhu NiankhSekhmet)
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, England

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Circe by Wright Barker
Not exactly Egyptian, but very appropriate for a Sekhmet kid!
Original oil in Bradford Art Galleries and Museums, Bradford, England

Frederic Bridgman Cleo on the terraces of Philae 1896.jpg (189717 bytes)

Cleopatra on the Terraces of Philae by Frederick Arthur Bridgman, 1896

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Funeral of a Mummy by Frederick Arthur Bridgman
Original oil in the J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky
Many thanks to Lynn Gregg for sending me a postcard of this painting from the gallery in Kentucky.  We now have a full-sized picture of it to enjoy here!  Dua-Netjer en-etj, Lynn!

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Procession of the Bull Apis by Frederick Arthur Bridgman
Original oil in a private collection.

Cleopatra trying out poisons on her lovers - Alexandre Cabanel 1887.jpg (130050 bytes)

Cleopatra Testing Poisons on Condemned Prisoners by Alexandre Cabanel, 1887
Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp

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The Pharaoh's Handmaidens by Hon. John Collier, 1883
Original oil in Roy Miles Gallery, London, England

Cleopatra - Thomas Frances Dicksee 1876.jpg (97266 bytes)

Cleopatra by Thomas Frances Dicksee, 1876
Original oil in a private collection

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The Pyrrhic Dance by Jean-Léon Gérome (Alternative title: Sword Dance Before Egyptian Ruins)
Original oil in a private collection

The Pyramids Road, Gizah - Edward Lear 1873.jpg (287354 bytes)

The Pyramids Road, Gizah, by Edward Lear, 1873
Original oil in the Fine Art Society, London

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Alethe, Attendant of the Sacred Ibis by Edwin Long, 1888
Original oil in the Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth, Great Britain

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Anno Domini by Edwin Long, 1883
Original oil in the Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth, Great Britain

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An Egyptian Feast by Edwin Long,  1877
Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford, Great Britain

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The Gods and Their Makers by Edwin Long
Original Oil in Towneley Hall Art Gallery, Burnley, Lancashire, Great Britain

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Love's Labor Lost by Edwin Long, 1885
The background was inspired by Manners and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians by Sir J. Gardner Wilkinson
Original oil in Dahesh Museum of Art, New York, NY (poster is available from there)

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Sacred to Pasht by Edwin Long, 1888
(He obviously means Bast; note the statue of Sekhmet in the background!)

Great Hall at Karnak - David Roberts.jpg (192951 bytes)

Great Hall at Karnak by David Roberts

Temple of Philae Nubia - David Roberts.jpg (188332 bytes)

Temple of Philae, Nubia by David Roberts

Under the Grand Portico Philae - David Roberts.jpg (133266 bytes)

Under the Grand Portico Philae by David Roberts

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Denderah (Tentyris) by (?)

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Edfou (Apollinopolis Magna) by (?)

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The Household Gods (Alternative title: Offerings to the Gods) by John William Waterhouse, 1880
Original oil in a private collection

If not otherwise noted, the photos above were found at the following links.  These are great places to find prints and reproductions, and more information about orientalist art:

Arcadian Galleries

The Art Renewal Center

Art Cyclopedia



John William Waterhouse

University of Utrecht list of paintings featuring Cleopatra

Orientalist Art of the 19th Century

Selections from the J.B. Speed Art Museum


I believe that all images on this page are in the public domain. I do not personally own the copyright to any of them. If anyone does own the copyright to one of these paintings and would like it removed from this webpage, please contact me at neferuhethert at  Thanks!