The Oriental movement in the 19th century really took off for artists from the west after a few changing factors allowed it to happen. One reason was that after the Napoleonic Wars, Europe became a much safer place to travel around, also with the invention of steam travel and the railways, the Middle East became a lot easier to get to. Artists such as David Roberts, who spent two years travelling around Egypt, the Holy Land and Lebanon, whose work the public back home could see for the first time what these places looked like. Or the French artist Jean Raymond Hippolyte Lazerges, who was born in Algeria and produced many Oriental pictures in the country, which are now important historic records. Another French artist, Charles Theodore Frere, travelled around the Middle East and was at the opening of the Suez Canal. Many artists wanted to escape the confinements of the country they were from and explore the mystery of the East. Also the bright colours were a welcome invite to the painters palette. Artists such as Carl Werner and Tristram Ellis produced stunning detailed watercolours of the Orient, again they are records of a way of life as well as beautiful artworks. Our collection of paintings and prints are available to view both on our web site and in our gallery in central London. Please contact us direct for more information.

Darnley Fine Art is one of London's specialist dealers in the Oriental period and is a member of the Britiah Antique Dealers Association (BADA).