Auction 136, Lot 742

"Alexandria", Bruyn, Cornelius de

Subject: Alexandria, Egypt

Period: 1698 (circa)

Publication: Reizen door de vermaardste Deelen van Klein Asia

Color: Hand Color

24.5 x 8.25 inches
62.2 x 21 cm

This striking view shows the ruins of the ancient city with Pompey's Pillar and Alexandria in the background. Cornelius de Bruyn (1652-1726) was a Dutch artist who traveled through the Holy Land and other portions of Asia. De Bruyn had to disguise his activities because this was a repressive period during the Ottoman rule when foreigners were regarded with suspicion and the making of "graven images" was prohibited. De Bruyn avoided detection by pretending to be picnicking with two Franciscan monks who stood guard while he made his drawings. His works are particularly historically valuable because of their accuracy.


Condition: A+

Issued folding, now flattened. A fine example with a little roughness on paper edges.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 6/1/2011