Charles Théodore Frère (Frère Bey) (French, 1814-1888)
L'Oasis; Caravane traversant un desert (a pair) first signed 'Th. Frère' (lower right); second signed and dated 'Th. Frère 1853' (lower right) each oil on canvas 8 3/4 x 14 3/4in (47.6 x 37.5cm)
In 1853, the year in which one of the present pictures was painted, Frère established a studio in Cairo, becoming the court painter there. The viceroy of Egypt later elevated him to the title of chieftain or bey.
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