Abdel Hadi El-Gazzar (Egypt, 1925-1965) Study of the Hanged Man (The Denshawai Incident)
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Abdel Hadi El-Gazzar
(Egypt, 1925-1965)
Study of the Hanged Man (The Denshawai Incident)
Sold for £4,375 (US$ 5,869) inc. premium

Lot Details
Abdel Hadi El-Gazzar (Egypt, 1925-1965)
Study of the Hanged Man (The Denshawai Incident)
indian ink on paper, framed
signed "Abdel Hadi Al-Gazzar" and dated "1955" in Arabic (lower left), executed in 1955
26 x 31cm (10 1/4 x 12 3/16in).

Footnotes

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    Provenance:
    Property from the private collection of Dr Mohammad Said Farsi

    Literature:
    Dr Sobhy Sharouny, Abdel Hadi Al-Gazzar, Cairo, 2007, illustrated on page 81

    Abdel Hadi El-Gazzar painted this study before he began working on his painting entitled "The Hanged Man", which revolves around the executions of Denshawai, Egypt.

    The Denshawai incident took place in 1906 during the British occupation and is remembered by many Egyptians until today. This was a dispute that occurred between the local villagers of Denshawai and the British military officers who were pigeon hunting in the area. The sporting event quickly turned into an altercation as the villagers were unsettled by watching their pigeons being hunted for sport as they served as one of the main local sources of livelihood for the village. One of the British officers accidentally shot an Egyptian woman and set a wheat silo on fire, which led to a violent clash and to the arrest of several Egyptian villagers and the hanging of 7. This event was considered by some historians to mark the turning point in the colonisation and British presence in Egypt.In 1999, The Denshawai Museum was established in Al-Minufiyah, Egypt to commemorate the incident.
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