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Muscat Cove, Arabia
The Victoria & Albert Museum
Painted in 1826, this watercolor was finished in Turkey by R. McKenzie who signed the reverse along with the date and title “Muscat Cover, Arabia.”
The history of the painting is something of mystery. In December of 1973, it came to Sotheby’s where it was auctioned and acquired by the V&A.
Nonetheless, the delicate watercolor demonstrates the growing British fascination with exotic locals which steadily grew over the Nineteenth Century.