Bache-Hga ou Premier Page
||1699 - 1737
||Oil on canvas
||330 x 241 mm (13 x 9½ in)
|Place of origin
This is one of a large set of early eighteenth-century costume illustrations of Turkish men and women from the Court of the Ottoman Empire in Constantinople (Istanbul). At Sissinghurst there are fourteen framed sets remaining, each with five vividly painted copper plates, although this is the only one on canvas. Originally by or after Jean-Baptiste Vanmour (1671-1737), sets like these were popular in the 19th century as part of the revived vogue for Orientalism.
They were owned by Marie-Gabriel-Florent-Auguste Choiseul-Gouffier (1751 - 1817) and bought by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford (1800–1870) and by inheritance, via Lady Wallace (1819–1897), to Sir John Murray Scott (1847–1912). The latter, affectionately known as ‘Seery’, was a favourite of Victoria, Lady Sackville (1862–1936) who seems to have somehow obtained them from him and then passed onto her daughter, Vita Sackville-West (1892–1962) who apparently gave a few away as wedding presents.
Oil painting on canvas (the only one of the series), Bache Hga ou Premier Page by Jean-Baptist Vanmour (Valenciennes 1671–Constantinople 1737), 1699/1737.
Sissinghurst Castle, The Nicolson Collection (National Trust)
Makers and roles
Jean-Baptist Vanmour (Valenciennes 1671–Constantinople 1737)
Jean Baptist Vanmour Peintre de al Sublime Porte 1671 - 1737, exh. cat. ed. Seth Gopin and Eveline Sin Nicolaas, 23 October 2009 and 7 February 2010, Musee de Beaux-Arts de Valenciennes, pp. 83-121, fig. 69 & 109