Portrait of Ekinci, a Muslim from Kerch

1856 (Painted)

Preziosi, Aloysius Rosarius Amadeus Raymondus Andreas (5th Count Preziosi)

Height: 34.9 cm Sight size, Width: 25.4 cm Sight size

D.44-1900 PDP

Portrait of Ekinci, a Muslim from Kerch, 1856. Aloysius Rosarius Amadeus Raymondus Andreas, known as Amadeo, 5th Count Preziosi

Watercolour of a man in a sheepskin waistcoat, with prayer beads and a long pipe

Kerch is one of the most ancient cities in what is now the Ukraine. It became part of the Ottoman Empire in 1475. In 1771 the Russian Army invaded the Crimea and in 1774, Kerch and Yenikale were ceded to Russia. Preziosi acted occasionally as a war artist during the Crimean War, 1854-1856, and this may be the reason that he depicted Ekinci, a native of Kerch.

This is one of a group of 31 portraits, acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1900. They were once assembled in an album, but whether by Preziosi himself, or a member of his family, or subsequently, is not known.

Location: Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2A, shelf SH39, box GG9

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