No 32, Assoan, Nubia
Anton Schranz (Ochsenhausen, Austria 1769 - Malta 1839)
One painting from a set of landscapes; watercolour on paper. The watercolour No 32, Assoan, Nubia depicts a river scene with two seated male figures and one standing on the shore of the Nile which has moored boats on it. Behind them, are groups of people on the shore near to a ruined building and in the far distance are mountains. The second watercolour, No.31, Assoan Nubia depicts a river scene with one seated and one standing female figure with blue robes on a shore. There are rocks and palm trees to the left and in front of them is the river Nile with a small boat. In the distance the river narrows and on either side are ruined towns. Mounted within separate frames.
Thomas Legh (1792-1857) travelled extensively in the Middle East and Egypt in the early 19th century. He produced his own drawings of this but they did not survive. In 1841 Viscount Castlereagh undertook a similar journey and he employed Anton Schranz to produce a record of his travels. He had them bound into a series of portfolios, the second one (this one) has been framed and used to be displayed in the Bright Gallery.
Marks and inscriptions
The National Trust / Paper Conservation / Reference no. P90/78 / Date completed May 90 / Signature M. Goodwin / (black ink on label on frame)
Makers and roles
Anton Schranz (Ochsenhausen, Austria 1769 - Malta 1839), artist