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The Island of the Sounding Cymbals, 'Arabian Nights'

Albert Goodwin (1845-1932)


Price
£8,500

Signed
Signed and dated /95
Inscribed with title on decorative border

Medium
Oil, watercolour and varnish on paper

Dimensions
15 ¼ x 22 inches

Provenance
'The Collection of Works by Albert Goodwin, RWS, RWA. The Property of Matthew Biggar Walker, Esq, of 1 Park Crescent , Wolverhampton', Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 9 March 1928, No 130

Exhibited
Royal Society of Painters in Water-Colours, Summer 1891, No 114;
'A Collection of Pictures and Drawings of Imaginative Landscape in Europe and Asia by Albert Goodwin RWS', Fine Art Society, London, March 1896, No 53;
'An Exhibition of Oil Paintings, Water Colour Drawing, etc by Albert Goodwin, RWS RWA, Loaned by M B Walker Esq', Municipal Art Gallery and Museum, Wolverhampton, December 1925, No 18;
'An Exhibition of Oil Paintings, Water Colour Drawing, etc by Albert Goodwin, RWS RWA, Lent by M B Walker Esq', City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 1926, No 134;
'Albert Goodwin RWS (1845-1932), An Exhibition of Watercolours to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the artist's death', Southgate Gallery, Wolverhampton, 1-14 May 1982, No 23;
'Chris Beetles Summer Show', 2021, No 95

This work is one of many by Albert Goodwin that was inspired by his reading of The Arabian Nights. When it was exhibited at the Fine Art Society in March 1896, its listing in the catalogue was accompanied by the following comment:

Sinbad merely mentions the island in one of his voyages, but the title is a very suggestive one. The huge wild bees’ nests hanging from the roof of the cavern are a very common object in India.


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