Anton Schranz (Ochsenhausen, Austria 1769 - Malta 1839)
One painting from a set of landscapes; watercolour on paper. The watercolour Nubia, Dakhe depicts two seated figures in the foreground and two figures near a wall in the middle distance. There is a temple with various entrances and tapering walls. The second painting Nubia Mekarraka depicts a desert scene with two male figures, one seated and one smoking a long pipe next to a wall on the right. In the centre is a ruined temple with fluted columns joined at the top by horizontal slabs of stone. A wall to the left is collapsing outwards. 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
SET 1F / (back of frame in pencil)
Makers and roles
Anton Schranz (Ochsenhausen, Austria 1769 - Malta 1839), artist