Portrait of Ibrahim, a Muslim from Sennar

1856 (Painted)

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

Height: 27.5 cm, Width: 25.2 cm

D.43-1900 PDP

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

Watercolour of an African man wearing a turban

Sennar is a city in the Sudan, 160 miles south-east of Khartoum, on the Blue Nile. It was one of the stages in the trade route from the interior of Africa up river to Cairo; it was also renowned for its oppressive heat. The ancient kingdom of Sennar was invaded by the forces of Muhammad Ali, Pasha of Egypt, led by his son Ismail, in 1821.

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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