Study of a tomb at Beni Hasan
English School, 19th century
Dimensions: 39.5 x 28 cm
Framed Dimensions: 46.5 x 58.4 cm
A study executed in a striking palette of reds and terracottas over pencil by the Rev. John Louis Petit (1801–1868) of the interior of the 12th Dynasty rock cut tomb of Baqet III at Beni Hasan (tomb 15). This tomb is renowned for its depictions of wrestling techniques, a part of these scenes visible on the rear wall surrounding the niche.
Born in Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire and educated at Eton and Cambridge, the Rev Petit was an accomplished artist publishing a number of books on church architecture. He sketched rapidly and always painted 'plein air', finishing his drawings on site. In 1864-5 he travelled extensively in the East returning home with a collection of studies which included this fine example.
Inscribed on the back in blue ink '1864-5, 32' and in pencil, 'Beni Hasssan 6th January 1865'.