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Old Shepheard's Hotel Garden, Cairo. R Lawrence-Manasfi L'orientaliste
Exotic landscape painting of the original old Shepheard's hotel garden in the early 1900s in Egypt.

The painting 16 X 20 inches in acrylic medium by Orientalist artist r Lawrence-Manasfi executed on quality canvas, illustrates a redrawn view of the idllic garden, filled with detail of a variety of colourful shrubs and different lush green shades of foliage to the tiny scarlet flowers we see at the back of the garden hedge over the leafy bushes, which almost shield the garden but for the towering three story Shepheard's hotel overlooking the garden area. The garden is formed of grassy areas carpeting the garden grounds with pathways which disappear into the rear of the garden creating an illusion of depth.

In the garden area there are many palm trees towering over the beautiful garden, evoking daylight behind the cluster of entwined leaves, is a deep blue Egyptian sky fading into a hint of pale pink clouds towards the sun.

Below the palms are guests enjoying the garden. To the right on the grassy area we see a cluster of elegantly dressed ladies wearing wide sweeping hats, sat on ratten garden chairs under a large red parasol as a traditionally dressed Cairo waiter wearing a red fez approaches them.

To the left of the garden is a lady under her parasol admiring the garden flowers. To the far back of the garden a lady under cover of her parasol appears to be walking away towards the hotel.

The view of the garden was first drawn by an unknown artist around early 20th century between 1900 and 1910.

Back Story of the old Hotel

Shepheard's hotel established in 1841 by Samuel Shepheard, an English man from West Northamptonshire who named it Hotel des Anglais (English Hotel). It was later named Shepheard's hotel. Samuel co-owned the hotel with Mr. Hill, who renounced his interest in the hotel leaving Samuel sole owner until he sold in 1861, retiring in Northamptonshire.

In it's time the hotel was a leading hotel, known for it's luxury, opulence and famous guests and militry. It's decor in pharaonic style, pillars as those at the Temple of Karnak in Luxor. It was furnished with Persian carpets and decorated walls with paintings and drawings of Ancient Egypt to say the least. Surrounding the hotel, lay lavish gardens, large terraces and great pillars. The hotel was renowned throughout the Middle East and Europe and was the centre to social and political events.

Shepherd's hotel was completely destroyed in the Cairo fire in1952, known as Black Saturday.

This painting celebrates the memory of the grand old 19th century hotel, a part of Cairo's history that once hosted a variety of celebrity people, military and travellers, remembered for it's glamour and grandeur during a period known as the golden age of travel.

Thank you for viewing.
About this artwork: classification, techniques & styles
Paint using traditional pigments mixed with synthetic resins.

Painting is an art form of painting on a surface by aesthetically applying colored fluids. Painters represent a very personal expression on supports such as paper, rock, canvas, wood, bark, glass, concrete and many other substrates. Work of representation or invention, painting can be naturalistic and figurative, or abstract. It can have narrative, descriptive, symbolic, spiritual, or philosophical content.
Old Shepheard's Hotel Garden, Cairo
Art by Independent Artists,  Paintings,  Acrylic
Author: R Lawrence-Manasfi
40.6 x  50.8 cm  /   16 x  20 in
Themes: Flower, Tree, Garden  /   Origin: Arts of the Middle East  /   Genre: Orientalism  /   Characteristic: Signed  /   Authenticity / Provenance: Original  /   Artists types: Independant artists  /   Mounting: On Canvas  /   Artistic trend: English Painting  /   Period: Contemporary  /  
Posted: january 11, 2022 / Modified: january 11, 2022
Copyright L'orientaliste

Old Shepheard's Hotel Garden, Cairo
141 €  100 £  161 $ 
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London, United Kingdom
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