The Palace of Saïd Pasha, on one of the Rapids of the Bosphorous watercolour 19.5 x 30cm (7 11/16 x 11 13/16in).
PROVENANCE: with Robert Dunthorne, The Rembrandt Gallery, 5 Vigo Street, London
Allom arrived in Istanbul in 1834 and was warmly received by the British ambassador, Lord Strangford. He travelled throughout the city and hinterland to find subjects for his drawings and then on to Syria and Palestine.
The present subject was engraved by J.W.Lowry for R. Walsh, Constantinople and the scenery of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor, plate 26 (London, 1838).
Walsh writes 'The first objects that present themselves on ascending the Bosphorus, are the palaces of several female members of the imperial family, hanging, as it were, over the water...The windows are closed up with more than Turkish jealousy. The lattices are dense and impervious to all view, leaving only one minute aperture, to which the inmate of the harem applies her eye when she wishes to contemplate the busy and living picture continually before her.'