Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Drawing of the Day: General Sir Garnet Wolseley at Alexandria, 1882-1901

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General Sir Garnet Wolseley at Alexandria
The Victoria & Albert Museum

Created in Egypt between 1882 and 1901, this drawing is the work of Orlando Norie (1832-1901). The work of pencil, pen, ink and watercolor has been accented with white gouache.

The illustration shows General Sir Garnet Wolseley who, aside from having a nifty name, landed in Alexandria on August 16, 1882. There, he took command of the British military campaign which was set against the revolutionary forces of Arabi Pasha. And, thus began the British occupation of Egypt. Depicted here are the General and his men at their arrival in Alexandria.

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