OIL PAINTING: Old Clothing Merchant in Cairo aka Roaving Merchant in Cairo, 1866
Jean Leon Gerome - One of France's most famous painters of the late nineteenth century, came to Paris in 1841 and studied in the studio of Paul Delaroche and later under Charles Gleyre. His first major painting was exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1847.
Gerome first established himself as a leading neo-classicist painter. In 1855, however, Gerome traveled to Turkey to make studies for a large, official commission. He became fascinated with the life and culture of the East and made many more subsequent journeys to Egypt (1857 to 1880), Turkey, Algiers and elsewhere. His paintings of these areas were shown extensively in France, Italy and Germany and gained for Gerome membership into the Imperial Institute (1865), Knighthood in the Legion of Honour (1867), honourary membership to the British Royal Academy (1869) and the award of the Red Eagle, from the King of Prussia.