Upper Egypt, Hadjus Silsilis
Anton Schranz (Ochsenhausen, Austria 1769 - Malta 1839)
One painting from a set of landscapes; watercolour on paper. The first painting, Upper Egypt, Jadjus Silsilis, depicts an outdoor scene with grassy bank and a temple to the right carved from rock with four columns and hieroglyphics on the walls. The Nile is on the left with a small boat and a bank in the far distance. The second watercolour (Hadjar Silsilis, No.38) depicts a scene with a figure seated wearing a fez, smoking a pipe inside an open chamber; carvings cover the walls. The chamber terminates in a carved group of standing figures, and is lined on the left with a row of niches; the right side has a series of open archways to outside. Through the nearest archway, the Nile is visible with a small boat. 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